Stress & Depression

As you grow up, you will experience a lot of different feelings and emotions. This is a normal part of life, but sometimes feelings get out of balance leaving you feeling sad, angry, out of control and stressed.

Sometimes it is situations or people that can cause stress and depression. You may be worried about school work or exams, upset if relationships are not going well, or feel concerned about other members of your family. Serious events such as losing someone you love, splitting up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or facing a major illness can all lead to feelings of despair and hopelessness.

Stress and depression can make you very unhappy, affect sleep, lead to headaches and eating difficulties. If you recognise these symptoms, there are some things you can do to help you cope with stress and worries:
  • Think about how you can tackle the problem that is stressing you.
  • Do something you enjoy that relaxes you like taking a bath or going for a walk to clear your head.
  • Do some exercise like running, dancing or football.
  • Talk to someone like a friend, family member, teacher, doctor, counsellor, youth worker or a helpline.

Don't struggle in silence

If you can't deal with the situation, talk to someone you trust. They can help you to deal with stress, and work out a way to tackle the problem that is causing it.

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"Stress and depression can make you very unhappy, affect sleep, lead to headaches and eating difficulties"