For friends & family

Raising sensitive issues and working to resolve problems that arise along the way can be challenging. It can also be hard as a parent to know the difference between normal behaviour, such as moodiness, irritability and withdrawal, and an emerging mental health problem. This section is designed to help you.

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understanding bipolar - for friends & family

Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder in which people have prolonged episodes of low mood (major depression) and of abnormally ‘high’ or elevated mood (mania or hypomania).

understanding anxiety - for friends & family

People experiencing an anxiety disorder find that their anxiety gets in the way of their daily life and stops them from achieving their full potential. Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems experienced by young people

understanding depression - for friends & family

Depression is the term used when feelings of sadness, depression and irritability have lasted longer than two weeks, affect most parts of daily life and stop people from taking part in activities that used to be enjoyable.

understanding body image - for friends and family

Adolescence is a time of growth and development and can cause worries for lots of young people. Because of this rapid physical change and growth, it's normal for young people's body weight to go up and down during this time.
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What if a young person doesn't want help?

When you think that a young person needs help but doesn't want help, it can leave you feeling frustrated and hopeless. There may be a number of reasons why they don't want help. They might not think there is a problem, they might feel embarrassed or unsure about how to get help or they might think that they can handle the situation on their own. Find out more about how to have a conversation with them and best support them during this tough time.
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Eating Disorders - supporting your young person

Many adults supporting young people have concerns about a young person who has disordered eating, but are unsure how to help them.
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Helping a young person who is self-harming

Many parents and other adults supporting young people are concerned and distressed with they discover their young person is self-harming. It can be hard to know how to help, and it can be a distressing topic for you as a parent or carer too.
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Depression - and how to support your young person

Everyone feels sad or 'down' from time to time - it's part of being human. Adults supporting young people sometimes feel unsure how to help someone who seems depressed.