Children & young people
Emotional Health and Well-Being
Emotional health is about the way we think and feel, and the ability to cope with difficult things in life. If something happens and we feel low emotionally, getting back on track can be difficult.
Tips for staying healthy
- Talk to someone about how you're feeling
- Make time for yourself
- Have a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly
- Get plenty of sleep
- Know the signs that something might not be right. You can find them here
Self harm is where someone does something to deliberately harm themselves. Self harm may include cutting or burning yourself, biting your nails excessively, developing an eating disorder or taking an overdose of tablets. It can also include taking drugs or an excessive amount of alcohol.
There are many different reasons why young people self harm. It is usually as a way to help cope with difficult or distressing thoughts or feelings. They hurt themselves because don't know what else to do and don't feel like there are any other options.
Talking to someone is often the first step in the cycle of stopping self harm. There are lots of people you can talk to including friends, family, someone you trust at school, your GP, youth workers or a helpline.
Help and Support
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop,
Samaritans offer a useful guide to Young People's Emotiona Health. You can access it here
The Young Minds website provides help and support for children and young people on emotional health.
ChildLine also offers guidance on self-harm. If you want to talk to someone about what you may be feeling, you can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111.