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Mental Health and Wellbeing


This page has been endorsed by the York Youth Council


Family life, friends, school, work and many other things can leave you feeling stressed, sad, lonely or worried. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone and looking for advice and support is exactly the right thing to do.

Feeling Unhappy, Sad or Depressed?

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There is lots in life to make us anxious, from being worried about school work to problems with relationships. Feeling anxious sometimes is normal – most people worry about something – our body tells us we are anxious through the feelings we experience. These feelings are different for each person. If your anxiety stops you from doing everyday things and the things that you enjoy doing it can leave you feeling unhappy. It’s important that you find someone you can trust to talk to.

Stem4 is a charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them

Whether you have anxiety, stress, anxiety-based depression or a phobia that’s affecting your daily life, Anxiety UK are here to help you


We all feel low or down at times but if your negative feelings last a long time it is important that you talk to someone about how you are feeling, particularly if you are feeling irritable, upset, miserable or lonely for long periods of time or not wanting to do things that you previously enjoyed.

We all need a bit of help sometimes. But it can be difficult to know how - or who - to ask. Young Minds has tips to help, as well as information on what support is available.

Self harm

Self harm is when you hurt yourself on purpose. It can be very difficult to talk about and you may feel that no one will understand. But there is lots of advice and support out there. If you are having feelings of self harm it is important that you don’t ignore the feelings .You must find someone you can trust to talk to.

Harmless is a passionate organisation who works to address and overcome issues related to self-harm and suicide.

Self-harm is difficult to talk about but it’s a common problem and you can beat it. Young Minds tells you what self-harm means and what to do if you think you’re affected by it.


You may feel like there is no hope or might think about ending their life. Whilst thinking about suicide is relatively common, very few young people will actually attempt to take their own lives. However even having suicidal thoughts clearly shows someone is unhappy and needs help and support. It can be difficult to understand what causes suicidal feelings but they’re often triggered by upsetting experiences such as:

  • living with mental illness
  • experiencing abuse
  • being bullied
  • bereavement after losing a loved one
  • being forced to marry
  • having very low self-worth.

There are simple things we can all do to help prevent suicide.  The importance of listening, kindness, and caring are all themes that have come up more often than usual during this pandemic. These are all very meaningful behaviours which we can all use by developing our awareness and skills to offer these in simple and straightforward ways.  Suicide is a very sensitive issue which many of us can find difficult to talk about. 

This BBC news article gives a great practical summary about how you can develop your listening skills. The article talks about the S H U S H method:

  • S how you care
  • H ave patience
  • U se open questions (questions that can be answered with yes or no)
  • S ay it back
  • H ave courage

There are a range of resources available that young people can access which is found on the site here or York Mental Health Directory here.

Common myths associated with suicide are unhelpful. This HelpGuide article explains many of these in more detail. Probably the most common myth, is that talking about suicide may give someone the idea. This is not true, talking about suicide can help someone who is having suicidal thoughts feel able to seek help.  Suicide is also not inevitable and talking about it can help prevent it.

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.They provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline, HOPELINEUK.

If you need someone to talk to, the Samaritans listen, they won't judge or tell you what to do. They also provide listening support services every hour of every day every year which can be accessed by calling 116 123 for free. Their Small Talk Saves Lives campaign gives details about how we can all make a difference.


Many teenagers face some form of addiction at some point in their life. Although addiction to drugs is most commonly reported – alcohol and nicotine in particular – there are a number of other substances and activities or behaviours that create the same sense of dependency and resistance to withdrawal. These include gaming, gambling, sex, pornography, food, exercise, the Internet and other technology such as mobile phones, work and compulsive buying

FRANK provides information and support for any type of substance addiction.

GamCare is a national provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling.

Talk to somebody

Somebody you trust. This could be a parent or carer, another family member or a friend. Talking to somebody who can listen to you, can really help you feel better about the issue you are experiencing and make you feel as though you are not having to deal with this on your own.

Your GP. They can listen – if you’re willing to talk to them. If you have been self-harming the doctor will be able to treat injuries and give medical advice. They could also refer you for specialist help if you need it. This could be a therapist who will work with you to discuss your thoughts and feelings and how this is affecting you.

Your School. Speak to somebody you can trust at school, this could be your form teacher or a teacher you have a good relationship with. Teachers are becoming increasingly aware of child self-harm and mental illness. The school will almost certainly have experience of helping other pupils and their families. The school should be able to provide a named member of staff who you can go to if they’re struggling with low mood or wanting to harm themselves. This might be a counsellor, a mentor or a nurse, for example.

Childline. Childline has trained counsellors who can help you to talk about the emotions you may be feeling in a safe space. You may find it easier to open up to someone you don’t know. They talk to under 19’s online or over the telephone on 0800 1111. Calls are free and do not show up on itemised phone bills.

The Mix. The Mix have a free helpline to under 25s, where you can talk to a trained supporter about any issue, from 4pm to 11pm every day, on 0808 808 4994.




Me Too app



makes it easy to talk about difficult things.

It’s free, safe and anonymous.


In Hand app


In Hand

brings balance to everyday life with this simple tool to help you focus on where you’re at and bring back the balance.

The Mix 

apps are designed to make getting support and information when you're on your mobile easy. 

The Mix app

The Mix 

apps are designed to make getting support and information when you're on your mobile easy. 


Other Information

Healthwatch York have produced a York Mental Health and Wellbeing Guide which contains all the useful contact details of services available within City of York.

The YorOK website has lots details of local and national support services for advice and information about social emotional and mental health difficulties.

The Fulford Minds website has information on the effects of different mental health conditions and give you advice on how to cope if you or someone around you is suffering from a mental health condition. 

York Mind offer a wide range of services to help individuals as they recover from a variety of mental health conditions.

Young Minds purpose is to stop young people’s mental health reaching crisis point, to make sure that no young person feels alone with their mental health that young people get he support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.They provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline, HOPELINEUK.

If you need someone to talk to, the Samaritans listen, they won't judge or tell you what to do.

The Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides numerous mental health services for children and young people in York.

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They will help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to them via our online community, on social, through their free, confidential helpline or counselling service.  


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