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Mental health

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.

Organisations such as SANE and Depression Alliance have helplines that you can ring for free or email services where you can get help online.

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.

Bereavement Support

If you have lost someone close to you, Winston's Wish is a bereavement support website for young people that may help you come to terms with their death, or visit the Child Bereavement UK website for advice.

Eating Disorders

B-Eat, the Eating Disorders Association website, have helplines that you can ring for free or email services where you can get help online.

Self-esteem and shyness

RU-OK is a self-help site for teenagers with emotional issues.

Youth in Mind has an on-line questionnaire which will help you assess your own emotional state and information on books and websites on child mental health issues.

Shykids.com talks about shyness - what it is and what it feels like.

Counselling

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.

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