Everyone has their ups and downs in life but sometimes you might find you are going through a difficult issue that you need some help with. Even if it's a problem that you are not sure about, it's better to get some support and advice than to struggle on alone. Hopefully this website will give you some of the information that you might be looking for.
Life can be pretty stressful at times so you need to make sure you look after your overall well-being. Our well being section deals with a range of issues from school, friends and parents to depression, alcohol and drugs.
There is also more information at the bottom of the page with names and contact details of useful organisations and websites for young people.
No matter what the question or the problem, there is always someone that can help.
It is important to take steps to look after your well-being. Remember, you are worth looking after.
Everyone needs help from time to time and there is nothing wrong with asking for it. It may help to talk to a friend, family member or someone else you trust. They can also support you in finding professional advice and help if you need it.
If you don’t want to talk to someone you know, try one of many support organisations that will be more than willing to help. These include free helplines, text support services, websites, drop-in centres, support groups, counselling and also services that offer immediate help in a crisis, some 24 hours a day.
It’s important to tell all the facts about your problem. Try not to be put off if services are busy, unable to help straight away or seem different to what you were expecting. Hang in there. You have a right to be listened to and to receive the help you need. If a particular service can’t help, ask them who can.
If you want your problem kept confidential, remember to ask if this is possible. In situations of abuse or violence this is unlikely because of worries about your safety and those of others who might be at risk of harm too. Don’t let this put you off. You have a right to be safe. Organisations are obliged to report these issues so that young people can get the help and protection they need.
For information about your rights contact:
* Contact your local doctor or go to the Accident & Emergency
department of the nearest hospital.
* Call 999 to contact the emergency services.
The following are interactive information and support sites for young people dealing with a bereavement: