Being young is usually a lot of fun but it can sometimes be difficult too. You might be having problems with your family or friends or things may be difficult at school.

Why am I feeling like this?

We all feel down sometimes, but if you are feeling negative or sad a lot of the time, you may be experiencing depression. If you feel nervous and panicky a lot and this stops you doing things, you may be suffering from anxiety. If this happens to you it’s important to get some help.

Who should I talk to?

It might help to talk to someone about how you feel.

If you are struggling it is important to talk to someone you can trust – for example, a family member, a friend, your GP, or someone you trust at school or college. You can also talk to a Talksafe Counsellor or a Peer Mentor.

What can I do to help myself?

Here are some things you can do to help yourself when you feel down:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat healthily
  • Exercise
  • Talk to someone
  • Have a bath
  • Read a book
  • Learn something new
  • Do something for someone else

I feel really bad – what can I do?

If you are feeling negative or despairing a lot of the time or if you feel nervous or panicky, you may be suffering from depression or anxiety.

Wellbeing quiz

How are you? Sometimes we forget to ask ourselves that question, and sometimes no-one else remembers to ask us. Take this quiz to see how you are doing.

If you have a question or you are unsure about anything then ask a Talksafe Counsellor or Peer Mentor.

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Last review: 29/09/14 – Next review: 29/09/17