Mental and emotional wellbeing for young people
We all have feelings. Some days we feel great, other days we might feel unhappy. These thoughts and feelings are sometimes called our mental health or emotional wellbeing. Our mental health or feelings are constantly changing and as a result can change how we think, feel, learn and play. Therefore, it’s really important that we look after our emotional health as well as our physical health.
There are lots of things that we can do to look after our mental health and make us feel better. These include keeping active, learning new things, talking to others, taking notice of the good things that happen in life and doing nice things for our friends and family. Young Minds offer lots of information about how to look after your mental health as well as what to do if you think you need help with your feelings.
There are many places you can go and people you can speak to about your emotional wellbeing in our area.
Kooth.com is a safe, confidential and non-stigmatised way for young people to receive free counselling, advice and support online. This very popular service is used by large numbers of young people across the country and delivers thousands of counselling sessions each year. Staffed by fully trained and qualified counsellors and available until 10pm each night, and weekends from 6pm – 10pm, 365 days per year, it provides a much needed confidential and instant access service for young people aged 11-25.
School nurses help to improve your emotional health and offer support with bullying, feeling angry and upset, friends and relationships, along with exam stress. Hence why most secondary schools have a drop-in service where you can go along and see the School Nurse without an appointment. In addition, other schools will make an appointment for you. The School Nursing Service is confidential, which means you can discuss any personal information in confidence, you do not have to disclose to school why you want an appointment. If you want to call the School Nursing Service direct ring 01472 323600 or you can text 07507331620.
RiseAbove is a website dedicated for your age group who are worried about anything from exam stress to anxiety. The website can give you information on who to contact if you’re feeling low, and can give you advice on things that worry you and those around you.
Mind is a national website and charity that supports young people with mental health problems. If you believe you suffer from a mental health condition, this website will give you the information you need. As well as advice on who you need to call.
Also, if you have been diagnosed with a mental health problem you can check on Mind for information on your diagnosis, treatment options and where to go for support.
Childline lets you speak to a special volunteer who will listen to you. You can speak to them in a variety of ways including the phone, an online messaging system and email. They are open 24 hours a day and will always message you back.
Help 2 make sense – Winstonwish
Help2MakeSense is a charity that helps orphaned children and young people rebuild their lives after a family death. They offer support and guidance to families, and young people who are grieving.
For more information on mental health and wellbeing support in North East Lincolnshire visit our website Nelincs.gov.uk/areyouok.