Just like physical health (catching a cold or the flu) needing help with your emotional well being is something everyone is going to need at some time in their lives. This is nothing to be embarrassed about. Emotional well being problems can cover lots of different feelings and problems from feeling depressed to other problems where you might need more support and help.
Remember, there are always people you can talk to if you need help. You could tell your carers, key worker, social worker, teacher or someone else you trust. Asking for help and support is often the hardest step but remember there is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. People offering support will not judge you, they are there to support you.
If you feel you’re not being listened to don’t give up – seek alternative support from your doctor (GP), counsellor, helplines, friend, teacher or family member. It’s your right to be listened to and supported.
Being aware of mental health
Everyone gets depressed at sometime and this is not something to feel ashamed or embarrassed about, people sometimes feel depressed about something long after it is happened. There is not a time when an event suddenly stops having an effect on someone, so there is no reason to feel like you should have ‘gotten over it.’ You may feel depressed for reasons not linked to an event for example if you are under a lot of stress, or depression can run in families sometimes. There are different types of depression, however if you are feeling depressed for long periods of time you may want to talk to someone like your social worker, key worker or your carer.
Self harm covers a wide range of things that people do to themselves in a deliberate and usually hidden way that could cause harm. This includes things like; drinking, smoking, addiction and taking excessive risks and self injury.
Self-harm is often a way of coping with painful and difficult feelings and distress. Someone may harm themselves because they feel overwhelmed and don’t know how else to deal with things. It’s usually a very private issue and can have different motivation and reasons from person to person.
Sometimes it can help to find things that can help distract you or to cope with how your feeling. This could include drawing, writing, listening to music, or maybe just creating a box with things inside that make you feel better.
Self injury is a deliberate, intentional injury to your own body that can cause death, damage or leaves marks. This is done to cope with an overwhelming or distressing situation (and in some cases can lead to death).
If you are worried about yourself or a friend please speak to a worker or someone you trust.
You can go to a NHS Walk-in Centre, even if you have your own normal GP. Many universities run their own health service too, which makes it easier if you’re far from home.
Some GPs even run special clinics for young people. Even if you are under 16 years old, everything you talk to your GP about is kept totally confidential.
In an emergency, always call 999.