We all feel angry at times – it’s part of being human.

Anger is a normal, healthy emotion, which we might experience if we feel:

  • attacked
  • deceived
  • frustrated
  • invalidated or unfairly treated

It isn't necessarily a 'bad' emotion; in fact it can sometimes be useful. For example, feeling angry about something can:

  • help us identify problems or things that are hurting us
  • motivate us to create change, achieve our goals and move on
  • help us stay safe and defend ourselves in dangerous situations by giving us a burst of energy as part of our fight or flight system

Most people will experience episodes of anger, which feel manageable and don't have a big impact on their lives. Learning healthy ways to recognise, express and deal with anger is important for our mental and physical health.

Download our information publication: Understanding Anger

We've put together helpful information, tips and useful organisations to help your someone you love better understand anger. Download your copy below. For more information on mental health problems and other support, check out the SAMH Information Service

Understanding Anger

This publication explains anger, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support. It also includes advice for friends and family.

Caring for your mental health

We all have mental health, just as we have physical health, and it’s important we take the time to look after it.

Visit our self-help and wellbeing page for information and tools that we can all use to support our mental health, or learn more about mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression.