Worries about the world

Some things that happen in the world can make us scared. Or feel confused, unsafe or like we don’t have control. However you feel, it can really help to share your feelings and get support.

what does it all mean?

Lots of things can make us feel worried. You might hear something on social media or from someone else. Some stuff can be hard to make sense of like politics, climate change, natural disasters and events like terrorist attacks.

You might hear words like extremism and radicalisation but what do they mean?

Our info and tips will help you understand these things and get support if you’re worried.

terrorism, attacks and bombings

Hearing about attacks or bombings like the ones in London, Manchester or Barcelona can make you anxious or scared. You might feel unsafe or feel like an attack could happen any time. But it's important to remember that terrorist attacks are still rare.

what to do if you're worried

It’s natural to be upset or frightened after things like a terrorist attack. Even though the chance of an attack happening is low, it can leave you feeling scared, anxious or like you don’t want to go out. But no matter how you’re feeling there are ways to get support.

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What is radicalisation?

Watch: Who's in your head?

being bullied or treated badly

After a terrorist attack, some people will blame or attack people based on their faith, religion or how they look. This is always wrong. It's never okay for someone to discriminate or bully you.

Being bullied or treated badly can:

  • make you feel isolated or upset
  • stop you feeling able to go out or see people
  • lower your self-esteem
  • leave you feeling like you have to change.

However you're feeling, there are ways to cope. You don't need to change who you are to fit in.

Supporting a friend who’s being bullied

If you see someone being bullied or singled out because of their race or religion there are ways to support them.

  • Tell someone You could speak to an adult you trust, a teacher or police officer.
  • Don’t join in If someone is saying something racist or offensive, staying and watching can make it seem like you agree. If it’s safe you could disagree or walk away.
  • Help your friend You could show them that you’re there to support them, ask them how they’re feeling or help them to do something they enjoy.
  • Share your views It can be scary to disagree with someone. But if you feel safe to it’s okay to say that you don’t agree with someone if they'rre being racist or offensive.

What if you were someone else?

Imagine what it would feel like to be someone who might not fit in, or who seems different.

It can feel confusing if you don’t understand someone's religion, culture or beliefs. You might be told things by other people or see stuff online. But it’s important to remember that these are other people’s opinions. Try finding out for yourself so you can have a better understanding.

This can help you decide what feels right and wrong and see what it’s like for that person.

If you think someone might be planning an attack or be involved in something dangerous, call us free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. If you think someone is in serious danger, you can call 999 for urgent help.

You might feel silly or unsure about reporting something if you don’t know for certain. But it’s always OK to tell us, even it turns out to be nothing serious.

Find out more about our confidentiality promise.