Mental Health In Young People

Awareness and Action.

It’s important that you don’t try to deal with what you’re going through all on your own. Reach out to family and friends, and where help and support is offered, take it. Remember – you’re not alone and ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’.

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Mental Health in Young People – Awareness and Action

Also below we have listed some helpful tips from our friends at Aware on coping if you’re concerned about your mental health…

Speak to your GP or health professional

If you haven’t already done so, speak to your GP or other health professional. Getting a correct diagnosis is key to recovering. Attend follow-up appointments and if it’s been some time since you were diagnosed, go back to your doctor again in case your condition has changed.

Exercise and get outdoors

Remember that exercise and spending time outdoors is important. Even going for a short walk each day or simply sitting in the park can bring benefits: fresh air, a sense of achievement and a break from usual routines which may be aggravating the depression or bipolar disorder. Engaging with nature can make a difference.

Eat a balanced diet

Try to eat a balanced and nutritious diet. Food does have an impact on mood. Sugary foods lead to a sharp drop in blood sugars later on and this leads to energy and mood slumps. Caffeine also has a negative impact, causing increased heart rate and interfering with sleep.

Access support services

Keep helpline numbers close to hand and consider attending support groups. Talking through particular concerns with someone who understands can be extremely reassuring and can enable you to learn new coping skills.

Avoid alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant and can prove a potent trigger to low mood, especially in individuals prone to depression or bipolar disorder. It can also interact dangerously with medication.

Get enough rest

Try to get adequate rest and sleep. Sleep problems can be a symptom of depression or bipolar disorder. If you are having difficulty with sleep, look at your diet (caffeine or rich foods late in the evening can prevent sleep) and also think about getting some light exercise and fresh air later in the day.

Take time out

Some people find it hard to balance life between school/college/work/socialising but it’s important to remember to take time out for yourself sometimes and do things that you enjoy. Me time can be just as vital as maintaining contact with friends and family!

Stay in touch with friends

Maintaining relationships is a great way to keep a positive mental health. It can be easy to lose touch with people after school or college and this is a natural occurrence a lot of the time but make the effort to meet up and socialise, it’ll be worth it.