How To Get Help
TALK TO SOMEONE
The most important thing you can do if you think you are suffering from emotional health issues is talk to someone. This could be your parents, a sibling, friend, teacher, GP but often talking about how you are feeling can really help you to feel better. People who care about you will want to help you to feel better so don’t feel worried about talking to people.
If it is something specific that is causing the problem, for example if you are worried about exams, then talking to a teacher may help to reassure you or they may be able to offer practical help such as extra reading to help you feel better about things.
At Christ's you can talk to Mr Baxter, Mrs Kieran, Mr Scott or Mrs Willoughby our School Chaplain or, if you'd prefer, you can talk to a teacher that you trust or your Head of Year. Alternatively you can email our wellbeing mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org. All emails are treated with the strictest confidence.
VISIT YOUR GP
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a friend, teacher or your parents, go and see your GP – they are there to help you to feel better whether it is a physical health problem or a mental health problem and there are a number of things that they may suggest for you. Don’t suffer in silence, keeping it all to yourself will only worsen your feelings of anxiety or depression and remember, you’re not the only one to feel like this, other young people – and adults too – experience mental health problems too.
There are things you can do to help yourself if you are experiencing mental health problems:
- Talk to someone
- Get some fresh air most days
- Get some regular exercise – there is a proven link between exercise and better mental health
- Do things you enjoy whether it is skateboarding, hanging out with friends or reading
- Try to eat regularly even if it is small meals
- Write a diary about how you are feeling
- Remember – you are not the only one to experience depression and you haven’t done anything wrong. People can help so don’t suffer on your own, choose someone you like and trust to talk to.
The treatment you receive will depend on the nature of your illness.
If the mental health illness is mild, you will probably not be offered medication according to the NICE guidance. The doctor will probably keep an eye on your situation and offer advice on support and diet/exercise to see if that can help the issue without medication.
If the problem is continuing for some time, or considered moderate to severe, whoever you talk to at School can help you to access your local child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS). They will assess you and discuss with you what they think is the best kind of treatment for you. This might be cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which is a type of talking therapy and aims to help you understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.