Below is some info and advice on mental health and life events many people experience.

There are some links to more information on other websites you might felt helpful.

Anxiety

Anxiety is thinking about something a lot and having a really strong feeling of worry in our tummys or heads (sometimes both).

Anxious is the feeling we get when we find something uncomfortable or difficult.

It can feel like you are really, really worried about something.

Sometimes, people cancel doing something because they cannot face the thing that is making them feel this way.

We are here to help you with your anxiety; you can live a full and active life, even though you sometimes feel anxious.

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Depression

Sometimes, we all feel fed up, miserable or sad.

These feelings don’t usually last long and shouldn’t interfere too much with your life.

When you have depression, you feel super sad and low.  Often, you feel like this for weeks or months.

Sometimes, the way you feel can start to affect your life.

We are here for you when you feel like this; we will help you feel like yourself again.

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Eating Disorders

Most of us, at some time in our lives, feel unhappy about the way we look and try to change it.

If you are unhappy or stressed, it can be easy to concentrate on your weight and eating habits, instead of the thing we are upset about.

If this goes on for long enough, you might develop an eating disorder.

This can be really damaging to your health; we are here to keep you safe and healthy.

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Self Harm

Self harm is when someone hurts themselves on purpose.

Self harm is usually a sign of unhappiness and stress, sometimes people feel there is no other way to deal with how they feel.

Self harm can leave marks and scars that you have for the rest of your life, there really is a better way, we will show you.

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Personality Disorder

By our late teens, or early 20s, most of us have developed our own personality. Usually, our personality allows us to get on reasonably well with other people. For some of us, this doesn’t happen. For whatever reason, parts of your personality can develop in ways that make it difficult for you to live with yourself and/or with other people. You don’t seem to be able to learn from the things that happen to you.

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Stress

We all feel stressed from time to time. It’s part of life – usually an understandable reaction to something happening in our life. But, if it goes on for too long, it can be uncomfortable, even overwhelming, and can affect your physical health.

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Bereavement

Bereavement is a distressing but common experience. Sooner or later most of us will suffer the death of someone we love. We grieve after any sort of loss, but most powerfully after the death of someone we love. It is not just one feeling, but a whole succession of feelings, which take a while to get through and which cannot be hurried.

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Divorce or separation

When parents no longer love each other and decide to live apart, a child can feel as if their world has been turned upside down. The level of upset the child feels can vary depending on how their parents separated, the age of the child, how much they understand, and the support they get from parents, family and friends.

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ADHD –Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and hyperkinetic disorder

All the above terms describe the problems of children who are hyperactive and have difficulty concentrating. ADHD is a behavioural disorder which often becomes obvious in early childhood. The behaviours are due to underlying problems of poor attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity

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Behavioural problems and conduct disorder

All children have moments when they do not behave properly and this is often nothing to worry about. However, some children have serious behavioural problems and they continue to behave badly for several months or longer, are repeatedly being disobedient, cheeky and aggressive. Some childen’s behaviour is out of the ordinary, and seriously breaks the rules accepted in their home and school.

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Bipolar affective disorder (manic depression)

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a condition in which a young person has extreme changes of mood – periods of being unusually happy (known as ‘mania’ or ‘hypomania’), and periods of being unusually sad (‘depression’).

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Surviving Adolescence – a toolkit

The teenage years can be an emotional assault course for all concerned. A gulf can grow between parents and their children during adolescence. One of the reasons many of us find it so hard is because it’s a time of rapid physical development and deep emotional changes.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

CFS is a rare condition that usually starts in mid-teens but can occur earlier (but rarely before the age of 7 years). It has also been called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). The main symptom is extreme tiredness (fatigue) after little effort, which is not improved by rest, and not explained by physical or psychiatric illness.

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