Young people

Mental health and emotional wellbeing are about the way we think and feel and cope with difficulties.

Our mental health changes throughout life like our physical health does. We all have our ups and downs, times that we feel stressed, frightened or find it difficult doing anything. Usually these feelings pass but sometimes they don’t and that can stop us doing things we want or used to enjoy.

Mental health problems are more common than people might think and can happen to anyone. Sometimes problems appear from nowhere. Or they may develop as the result of a particular event, like the death of someone close, an accident, family problems or being bullied or abused.

If we ignore these feelings and hope they go away or fix themselves, they can grow into more serious problems. They can affect our behaviour and the way we get on with others.