Mental health issues

Your mental health is always important. And anyone can be affected by mental health issues. Whatever you’re going through, there are ways to get support.

This page is also available in Welsh.

What is mental health?

Mental health is all about: 

  • how you feel about yourself
  • how you're feeling
  • how much you believe you can overcome challenges in your life
  • whether you feel able to interact with other people.

Everyone has times when they feel better or worse. Sometimes you might feel positive or full of confidence, other times you could be stressed or anxious.

If your thoughts and feelings never change or they start to negatively affect you, then that could be a sign of a mental health condition. Whatever’s happening, visiting your doctor can help you to get the right advice, support and a diagnosis if you need one.

This page is also available in Welsh.

5 facts about mental health:

  • 1 in 4 people will struggle with their mental health at some point
  • People can experience mental health issues at any age
  • Coronavirus has made mental health more difficult for lots of young people
  • There are lots of ways to cope and get support with your mental health
  • Childline is here for you if you’re struggling with your mental health

Getting help with mental health

If you’re worried about your mental health, then you’re not alone. There are lots of ways to cope, or get advice and support:

  • Talk about it
    Sharing what’s happening can help you to feel less alone and make things more manageable. Remember, you don’t have to share everything if you’re not ready
  • Visit your doctor.
    Your doctor can give you advice and support about what’s happening and can help you get a diagnosis if you need one. We’ve got lots of advice on talking to your doctor.
  • Build a healthy routine.
    Making sure you’re eating healthily, exercising and getting enough sleep can help your mental health, but it’s not always easy. We’ve got advice to get you started.
  • Express how you’re feeling
    There are lots of ways to express yourself that can help you to feel better, whether it’s through talking, art, writing or anything else. Everybody’s different.
  • Try something new
    Trying something new can help build your self-esteem and make you feel more confident, and it can show that things can change. Not sure what to try? We’ve got ideas to help.

Types of mental health issues

Opening up about mental health problems

Watch: What happens when you see a doctor

Helping someone else

It shows a lot of trust if someone shares how they’re feeling or that they’ve got a mental health issue. But it can also be difficult to know what to do.

No matter what’s happening, there are small things you can do to help someone you care about:

  • Listen to them
    Being listened to can really help. It can make someone feel less alone and more able to cope, even if you don’t have all the answers.
  • Help them get support
    Encourage them to speak to their doctor, an adult they trust or to Childline.
  • Spend time together
    Having a mental health issue doesn’t stop them being your friend, doing things you both enjoy when they’re ready can help to take your friend’s mind off things that are happening.
  • Take care of yourself
    It can be tough supporting other people, but you’re not alone either. Remember that you can talk to us about anything.