Don't struggle in silence!
If you are feeling sad or confused,or if you are finding something hard, there are lots of ways that you can get help. On this page, there are some ideas to help you out in different situations.
Mental health and wellbeing
We would all love to feel brilliant all of the time, but life doesn't work like that. Sometimes things make us feel sad or upset, and sometimes we don't have as much energy as usual. That's normal!
Do you know about the mood meter?
Don't let your chimp take charge!
The bit of your brain called the amygdala is a bit like a cheeky chimpanzee: one minute it is your best friend, but suddenly, without warning, it can get a bit wild and make you do or say things without thinking. It's all part of your survival mechanism: in an emergency, your amygdala swings into action straight away without you needing to waste time thinking what to do. However, the best way out of an emergency is to think your way out, and you can't do that while your chimp is in charge.
Your neo cortex is the bit of your brain where you can get your thinking straight so you can take control.
Use your neo cortex to remember what you have learnt from past experience. Think about the strategies you have been taught. Think about what has worked well before. The chimp will listen to you: remember, you are the boss of you!
Who can help me?
Supporting a friend can be hard. You want to say and do the right thing to help them, but you might not know the best way to do it. A friend's problems can sometimes make you unhappy too. But we've got tips on how you can be there for them.
How to talk to friends or family about how you are feeling.
Feeling anxious? Being bullied? Worried about one of your friends? Childline have lots of ideas to help you.
At Creative Youth Network, we have qualified, experienced youth workers who can offer you advice and support, no matter what your situation or background.
No problem is too big or too small when we tackle it together, whether it's mental health, housing, family breakdowns or struggles at school.