How are you feeling?
Our feelings can be confusing – you may have new feelings like not feeling like yourself, feeling like you want to be alone, feeling energetic or hyper…
If your feelings are worrying you, its always helpful to talk to someone you trust like a parent, teacher or friend as they can help you get support.
It can be scary to open up about your feelings but it can be the first step in helping you to feel better.
Who can you talk to
It can be hard when we are worried and confused to know who to talk to. It’s often easier to open up to someone who is kind and understanding and a good listener. If you feel safe with them and maybe they have helped you or others in the past, they could be a great person to talk to.
If someone you talk to doesn’t understand or reacts in an unexpected way, that’s not your fault. Try and talk to someone else who will understand.
If you would prefer to get safe and anonymous help KOOTH offers free support to young people.
Remember it doesn’t matter how big or small your worries are – if it affects your feelings it is important and there is support available.
What help is there in Middlesbrough?
There is lots of support available to young people in Middlesbrough. Some of this help is available in school and college and is often provided by Headstart. If you, or your someone you trust, speak to school or college they can let you know what support Headstart provide. They also have activity packs which you can download at home that can help your feelings of wellbeing.Headstart offer local support
Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS offers a specialist child and adolescent mental health service often known as CAMHS.
CAMHS promote positive mental health to children and young people who are experiencing mental health problems. They offer support to children and young people worried about their mental health and parents, carers, school staff, health professionals and GPs who have concerns about a young person.
Contact Teesside CAMHS
If you are a child or young person worried about your mental health, or an adult worried about a child or young person’s mental health or a professional, with consent, you can talk to a mental health nurse about your concerns.
Phone: 0300 013 2000
The line is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, excluding Bank Holidays.
If you are under 18 and experiencing a mental health emergency you can contact your local CAMHS crisis and liaison team using the freephone telephone number below:
0800 0516 171
This is available 24 hours a day, seven days a weekFind out more about CAMHS
There is always support available.
Remember - you won't always feel like this. There is always help and support available.
Every Mind Matters is a children's mental health charity that offers trusted advice.Every Mind Matters