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What is mental health?

We’re all different, which means we struggle with different mental health problems in different ways. Sometimes we can get ill with our mental health and, like when our body is unwell, it's important to get the help we need.

Common issues

Here are some common issues:

  • depression
  • psychosis
  • anxiety
  • OCD (short for Obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • bulimia
  • anorexia

Because of what’s going on in your head, you might experience some of the following:

  • feeling shaky
  • fear
  • panic attacks
  • sleep problems
  • night sweats
  • putting on weight
  • losing weight
  • lack of interest in life
  • feeling bad tempered for no reason

You're not alone

It can be hard to open up and talk about difficult thoughts and feelings, but your friends and family really care about you and will want to support you. Lots of people have difficulties with their mental health and being honest with how you feel is the first step to getting the support you need. Finding life tough does NOT mean that you are weak – everyone finds life tough at times in different ways. You're not alone.

General ‘wellness’ is an important factor in improving self-esteem. If you look after and respect yourself you will hopefully find that this positivity grows - helping you to feel better about who you are as well. Here are some top tips:

General 'wellness' tips

Get plenty of sleep and try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day

Try and eat well

Try and eat well: when you are low in mood your appetite is often affected, try and make sure you continue to eat a healthy diet even if you don’t feel like it, to avoid losing weight and feeling physically unwell and tired.

Exercise several times a week. Not only will you get fitter and healthier, it’s great for mental wellbeing too!

Drink plenty of water

Drink plenty of water (your body will thank you for it, and you’ll feel less tired)

Be aware of any negative thoughts or beliefs and what might have caused them. Imagine what you might say to your best friend if they had the same thoughts/beliefs. Try thinking of positive alternatives. Spend time with positive family members and friends. Do things you enjoy. Try thinking of long-term goals that you can work towards.

Spreak to ti a nurse ir a GP

If you continue to have low confidence then see your school nurse, worker or GP and talk to them about whether you need some other psychological help and whether they can refer you.

More helpful info

YoungMinds also covers loads of stuff to help you understand what’s going on in your head.

The NHS Choices website is another great place to start. As is the Rethink website.

The Bradford Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) help children and young people in the local area who may be having problems.


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