For young people

If you are a young person aged between 12-25 and need information relating to general mental health, physical health, work & study and alcohol and other drugs, this section is designed for you.


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what you need to know about self harm

Self harm is when people deliberately hurt their bodies and is an issue that affects many young people.

what is anxiety & the effects on mental health

Anxiety is more than feeling stressed or worried. It can be tough to cope, but with the right support, things can get better.
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Self harm and other ways of coping

We all have different ways of dealing with things. Sometimes we react to a problem the only way we know how, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the best way to handle it. Developing good coping skills is about finding the strategy that works best for you. If you're struggling with self-harm, it's important that you get help and learn various ways of dealing with tough times.
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All about feeling anxious

Anxiety is a normal response to something dangerous or stressful. Everyone feels some anxiety at different times in life. It’s the way our body tries to keep us out of dangerous situations, and motivates us to solve problems. It becomes a problem when it gets in the way of everyday life. Anxiety is so common, chances are that if you’re not struggling with it, someone you know or love probably is.

If you’re worried you have anxiety and would like to talk about ways to manage it, or you think that someone you care about is struggling it’s good to know how you can help them cope.
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Understanding self harm

Self harm refers to when a person deliberately hurts their body. About 10% of adolescents say they have self harmed at some point in their lives. A young person may self harm for many different reasons, but self harm occurs most commonly in response to intense emotional pain or a sense of being overwhelmed by negative feelings, thoughts or memories.