Are you having a tough time? It happens to a lot of us and we all have good days and bad days. You might think you’re the only one in your school or town who feels unhappy or ‘different’, but there are lots of people just like you out there.
Stress, bullying and feeling down can affect anyone. But, if you’re feeling sad, worried, lonely or that something just isn’t right inside, and these feelings have started to affect the things you normally enjoy, there is something you can do about it. The most important thing is to surround yourself with supportive people and ask for help when you need it.
I don’t know how to fix things. What can I do?
Start by talking to someone you trust, it’s good to let your friends know how you’re feeling. One conversation can put you on a journey to feeling better and dealing with every day challenges. It might seem hard at first, but the best person to talk to is an adult or health professional, because they will know what to do next.
A good place to start is a doctor or school counsellor. They will usually ask you some questions to find out more about you and why you might be feeling this way. It’s important to be honest – health professionals don’t make any judgements. This information will help the doctor or counsellor give you good advice and work out the best way forward.
Services for Young People
Your health professional will help you work out the next step. This will look different for everyone. One option is the NDIS, which offers eligible people a personal plan for recovery, outlining a list of supports and services that can help you live a good life. want. Other programs might involve building your skills to deal with problems and working with a mentor in a PHaMs program to figure out how you can live the life you want. If you experience voices or other sensory perceptions, the Hearing Voices Network of WA can give you specific support and information about your experiences.
Ask us today about our youth mental health and wellbeing services.
I think my friend is going through a hard time. How can I help?
If you’re worried about a friend, there a few things you can do to help support them:
- Look out for signs they are not feeling themselves. You might notice they don’t want to hang out with friends or are always tired and feeling down. If you see these changes, check in with your friend to see if they’re OK.
- Listen to what your friend wants to say. If they don’t want to talk, respect that. Let them know that what they’re experiencing is OK and that you are there to listen when they want to talk.
- Get help. Encourage your friend to find support, perhaps by talking to a parent, doctor or school counsellor about what they’re going through. You could help them to make an appointment with the person they feel most comfortable with.