I want to learn about mental health

We all need to look after our mental health and know who to turn to if things feel too much. Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health. 

We’ve put together information on some of the feelings that you might be having. This includes tips on how to handle these feelings, and information on where to get support.

You can also find a list of useful websites and advice on how to take care of your mental health.


Anxious and worried

Things like exams, job interviews or even changes at home can make you feel anxious. It’s a normal reaction to stress and change.

Most people worry at some point, but the worries should stop after the stress or change has ended. For others, these feelings don’t go away so easily. 

How you might be feeling

There are lots of different feelings that come with anxiety and worry, but these are some of the most common.

  • Feeling constantly “on edge”
  • Finding it hard to concentrate or make decisions 
  • Feeling sick, or having a stomach ache
  • Dreading certain situations, and cancelling plans because of your worries
  • Struggling to sleep because of your worries

Top tips

Young Minds has lots of useful tips and advice to help you cope with these feelings, and better understand anxiety and worry. Visit their website to find coping skills and personal stories from other young people.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope with anxiety and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, take a look at the free support services which can help you. 

There’s lots of options – including both online and in person support. 

PositiveMinds and Kooth are good options for support with anxiety, but any service will welcome and support you to get the right help you need.


Low and sad

We all have times when our mood is low and we’re feeling sad or miserable. Usually, these feelings pass after a short time.

If you’re feeling low and sad for a long time and it affects your everyday life, then it could be a sign that you’re experiencing depression.

How you might be feeling

There are lots of different feelings that come with depression, but these are some of the most common.

  • Feeling numb or worthless
  • Regularly feeling irritated and annoyed
  • Overwhelming feelings of sadness, guilt, anger or hopelessness
  • Blaming yourself for everything
  • Criticising yourself more often

Top tips

Mind has lots of information on their website to help you understand depression. You can read personal stories, learn about what causes depression and find tips to help you feel better.

These tips include trying mindfulness, keeping a mood diary and looking after your physical health.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope with feeling low or sad and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, take a look at the free support services which can help you. 

There’s lots of options – including both online and in person support. 

PositiveMinds and Kooth are good options for support, but any service will welcome and support you to get the right help you need.


Lonely

We all feel lonely sometimes and you don’t need to be physically alone to experience loneliness.

Sometimes you can feel alone and as though nobody understands what you’re going through, even when you’re with other people.

How you might be feeling

There are lots of different feelings that come with loneliness, but these are some of the most common.

  • Struggling to connect with other people
  • Feeling like you have no friends around you
  • Feeling low or sad
  • Starting to doubt yourself
  • Feeling like you’re not good enough

Top tips

Young Minds has lots of information on their website to help you understand why you might be feeling lonely, as well as tips and advice to help you feel better.

These tips include reaching out to someone you trust, following your passions and expressing how you feel.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope with loneliness and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, take a look at the free support services which can help you.

There’s lots of options – including both online and in person support.

PositiveMinds and Kooth are good options for support if you’re feeling lonely, but any service will welcome and support you to get the right help you need.


Stressed out

Everyone gets stressed at some point in their life, but it affects people differently.

A little bit of stress can be a good thing as it can provide the motivation to get something done. But stress becomes a problem when you feel like you can’t cope, and things are getting too much.

How you might be feeling

There are lots of different feelings that come with stress, but these are some of the most common.

  • Feeling sad
  • Feeling angry
  • Struggling to concentrate
  • Finding it hard to eat or sleep properly
  • Getting physical pains, such as a headache or stomach ache

Top tips

Mind has lots of information on their website to help you understand stress. You can learn about how stress can affect you and find tips and advice on how you can manage stress.

These tips include identifying your triggers, organising your time, and building a support network.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope with stress and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, take a look at the free support services which can help you.

There’s lots of options – including both online and in person support.

PositiveMinds and Kooth are good options for support with stress, but any service will welcome and support you to get the right help you need.


Angry and fed up

Getting angry is part of being human. We all do it and, just like stress, a little bit of it can be good for us. Anger can defend you from danger, help get an important point across, or motivate you to make a change.

Anger isn’t good if it harms you or the people around you, either physically or emotionally. It can also contribute to mental health problems and make existing problems worse.

How you might be feeling

There are lots of different feelings that come with anger, but these are some of the most common.

  • Getting irritated easily
  • Feeling tense or nervous
  • Finding it hard to relax
  • Having a faster heartbeat and tightness in your chest
  • Shouting at others

Top tips

Young Minds has lots of information on their website to help you understand anger. You can learn how to manage your anger and find useful tips from other people who have experienced similar feelings.

These tips include thinking of the bigger picture, understanding why you reacted in a certain way and trying different breathing techniques.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope with anger and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, take a look at the free support services which can help you.

There’s lots of options – including both online and in person support.

PositiveMinds and Kooth are good options for support with your anger, but any service will welcome and support you to get the right help you need.


Constantly thinking about my body and food

Scrolling through Instagram and Tik Tok shows you content that has been photoshopped, filtered and posed. But take a look around, there’s no ‘right’ way of looking; we’re all different shapes, sizes and colours.

Sometimes worry, stress or a negative body image can result in unhealthy behaviour towards exercise or food.

How you might be feeling

There are lots of different feelings that come with eating problems, but these are some of the most common. The following things can be a sign of a serious eating problem that could put your health at risk.

  • Over (or under) eating
  • Making yourself sick after a meal
  • Using laxatives or steroids that haven’t been prescribed
  • Only eating specific foods
  • Obsessing over food or exercise, and how this might change your body

Top tips

Young Minds has lots of information on their website to help you understand eating problems and disorders.

You can learn about symptoms, different types of disordered eating and find tips and advice from other people who have experienced similar feelings.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, take a look at the free support services which can help you.

There’s lots of options – including both online and in person support.

PositiveMinds and Kooth are good options for support, but any service will welcome and support you to get the right help you need.

PositiveMinds can also help you get access to more specialist support if you need it, so they are a good place to start if you are feeling unsure of the help that you need.


Useful websites

We thought it would be useful to create a list of organisations which can help you learn more about mental health.

Mind

Mind has lots of information on a range of mental health problems. They offer advice on how you can take care of your mental health, as well as personal stories from young people, and tips for helping people around you.

Young Minds

Young Minds has lots of tips and advice to help you understand your feelings and learn more about mental health.

They also have great Instagram and Facebook pages which you can follow.

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation‘s website is full of useful information to help you learn about mental health. Their A to Z covers lots of different topics and they have more detailed information which you can download.

Local support

If you need mental health support, there are lots of free services in Portsmouth which can help you. These include Kooth, PositiveMinds and Talking Change. Visit our mental health support page to find out more.


Taking care of yourself

Even if you’re not experiencing a mental health problem or feeling down, it’s important you take the time to look after yourself and listen to how you are feeling.

This can help you catch negative feelings quickly and deal with them before they get worse.

Young Minds has lots of tips and advice on how you can take care of your mental health. You can also read personal stories from other people and learn about the benefits of taking care of yourself.