Life is notalways easy. There will always be stresses like exams, your love life,family and friends - that's life. If you can find ways of dealing withyour stress in a positive way, then you will be helping yourself tolook after your mental health. What can children and young people do? Thereare many different positive things that young people can do to helplook after their own mental health. Different things will work fordifferent people. You need to find what works for you. Looking after yourself. The following are a few suggestions of some positive ways for dealing with emotions and stress. Being creativeActivities such as drawing, painting, photography, writing, playing aninstrument, singing, acting and dancing can be good ways of expressingyour feelings. Letting out your emotionsLet people know how you feel. Talk to close friends and family members,and to your teacher. Bottling up feelings only creates more problems. Taking time for yourselfTake time to listen to music, read a book, see a film, or have arelaxing bath. Or whatever it takes to help you think about things.
Getting out and aboutSeeing friends is good for your mental health. Also, you could join alocal group, or get involved in an after-school activity. You can findinformation about local groups from your local public library, or askyour teacher. Getting activeExercise is a good way of dealing with your stress, as well as beinggood for your physical health. It can also be a good way of meeting newpeople. Find out what's on offer at your local leisure centre and signup! Get helpThere is usually a counselling service in most towns and sometimes inschools. If you do not think this type of service will suit you, youmay be able to get information about other services which are availablelocally. There are often helpful posters in GP surgeries and healthcentres, also local phone books can be a useful source. If you cannotfind what you are looking for on your own, ask a teacher, school nurse,mentor or the social services office