Mental health problems affect about one in 10 children and young people and includes depression and anxiety.
Emotional wellbeing is just as important as physical health. Good mental health or wellbeing helps children and young people develop the skills they need to cope with whatever life throws at them.
Looking after ourselves
People in good mental health have the ability to recover effectively from illness. So it's really important that we look after ourselves both physically and mentally by eating, sleeping, having a routine and keeping active. Sometimes we don’t feel like doing this and can feel down or out of control for many reasons. Remember it's okay to feel like this and support is out there.
Why we need supportive relationships
Having supportive people around is essential if young people are to develop the healthy brain architecture that they need to thrive as adults. A healthy brain supports the learning of life skills like organising information and regulating behaviour, prioritising, delaying gratification, planning ahead, coping with frustration and managing risks.
Fostering these strong, positive and supportive relationships enhances healthy brain development and helps to mitigate the impact of any negative early life experiences. Find out more about brain development in young people.
Worried about telling people how you are feeling?
Talking about how you feel can be really difficult and often people can feel embarrassed. Remember we are here and will support you every step of the way. Listed below are links to lots of organisations that can offer help and advice and Childline offers 24/7 confidential support via instant messaging or phone - https://www.childline.org.uk/
What can I do to help myself?
Talking is a really good way to start! Whether this be to a teacher, family member or GP.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) can also offer support via your GP.