When you feel mentally well you can cope with the normal stresses of life, you feel good about yourself, enjoy life, learn confidently and overcome obstacles. When you don't feel mentally well – when you have feelings of fear, misery or anger - you need to think about talking to someone you trust.
Many young people start to feel better once they have told somebody what's going on and taken the first step to finding help.
Support can also be found by asking a teacher, doctor, Youth Support Worker or school counsellor or nurse for guidance, or you can get some help for yourself over the phone from agencies like the Samaritans on 116 123 and ChildLine on 0800 11 11.
The Young Minds website has special sections for children and young people, containing lots of factsheets that you can read and download, on subjects such as bullying, depression, eating and diet, self-injury and counselling.
B-Eat, the Eating Disorders Association website, have helplines that you can ring for free or email services where you can get help online.
Counselling can help you make sense of your life, resolve specific problems, help you to make decisions, help you deal with phobias, stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, addictions, abuse, bereavement, divorce or separation, conflict with others, relationships, and many other issues affecting your emotional and mental well-being. Needing someone to talk to is perfectly normal and you shouldn't feel ashamed or that you're just being silly.
No Limits offers free counselling services provided by trained counsellors supervised by the local Primary Care Trust Children and Adolescent Mental Health services provision. Counselling is available through its advice centre and in most secondary schools.