We all know what to do when we have a cold or break a bone, but just like our physical health, our mental health can become unwell too, and it’s often hard to know where to turn.
Mental health problems are very common. In fact, by the time they’re 16, three children in every classroom will have experienced a mental health problem.
If you’re at all concerned about your mental health, or the mental health of a friend or family member, it’s really important to seek help. Sometimes this can be as simple as discussing it with a friend or trusted adult, but sometimes professional help is needed. Making an appointment with your GP is a good place to start. We've got some useful guidance on attending that first appointment.
The following resources might help you with how you're feeling. If you are a parent or guardian seeking more information on supporting a young person with their mental health, please see our parents and carer's page.
National organisations that offer support
A free, private and confidential service for anyone under 19 in the UK.
Available: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Phone: 0800 1111
Support and services for those dealing with an eating disorder, including a YouthLine open 4pm – 10pm, every day.
Available: 4pm -10pm every day
Phone: 0808 801 0711
A confidential out of office hours telephone line for people over 16 experiencing low mood, anxiety or depression.
Phone: 0800 83 85 87
Offers information and advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions.
Free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.
Phone: 0808 808 4994
Shout 85258 is the UK's first free, confidential, 24/7 text support service. It's a place to go if you're struggling to cope and need mental health support.
Phone: Text 85258