Everyone feels low sometimes or experiences stress or anxiety due to exams, family problems, or changes in your life. But if these feelings continue over a long period of time it is important that you seek help.
Mental health issues can affect anyone at any age, but as a health subject, it is less talked about and less understood.
We all have mental health and emotional wellbeing, and this is just as important as our physical health.
Our mind and body are connected, and if you're feeling depressed, stressed or anxious, this can affect how you feel physically. You might experience symptoms like:
- Trouble sleeping
- Change in eating habits
- Feeling tired
- Lacking energy or enthusiasm
- Aches and pains
- Struggling to concentrate
Info and advice on emotional wellbeing and mental health issues:
Support in Suffolk:
Speak to a school nurse for support and advice - they offer weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. Send a text to ChatHealth (07507 333356) or ask in school to find out more.
Ask the 4YP expert - chat with a 4YP Young People's Worker for information and advice through our confidential live 1-1 chat, available Monday to Wednesday from 5-7pm.
4YP in Ipswich offer a drop-in service for young people to come and chat to a youth worker about any social, emotional and physical health and wellbeing issues.
The Kernos Centre (based in Sudbury) offer counselling for young people who feel their emotional wellbeing is suffering, whatever the reason may be.
You can go to your GP for help at any age. Anything you talk about is confidential and will be kept between you and your doctor.
If you're 16 or over, you can also refer yourself for free support from the Wellbeing Service. This could be in the form of short term counselling or a telephone call from a professional, or wellbeing workshops or classes. For more information, visit the Wellbeing Service website.
The BBC have compiled a list of helpful information and support contacts to go with their MY Mind and Me season about emotional and mental wellbeing.
Feeling stressed or having a crisis?
- Call The Samaritans on 08457 909 090 or visit the Samaritans website.
- Speak to a school nurse - weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. Send a text to ChatHealth to find out 07507 333356
- PAPYRUS - offers a helpline for young people who are feeling suicidal, or have thought about self harm or taking their own life. To talk to someone who is trained to deal with these issues and offer advice and support, call 0800 068 41 41.
- Young Minds - offers online support and advice for children and young people who are worried about their mental health, and explains the different services and treatment available to support you.
- Download Calm Harm - if you're experiencing an urge to self-harm, this app offers tasks to help you resist and manage the urges.
Unsure of what mental health is?
Check out Mind's A - Z of mental health.