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Mental Health - Let's talk about it: Support for Pupils 

Young people can experience a range of mental health problems. Childhood and teenage years are a time when you are usually changing rapidly and developing all the time.

You also often have to cope with many different situations and unfamiliar challenges like exams, relationships and the other pressures of growing up.

While often it’s possible to talk to parents or carers about feelings, you may find it hard to do so. You might express how you feel through being moody, getting in trouble at school or at home or by becoming angry easily. Some people also get odd aches and pains that can happen when you’re not able to say what you’re feeling.

If you’re able to carry on your usual life and don’t experience lasting unpleasant feelings, the best help is for parents, relatives or friends to be available to listen, to talk things through and to support you where they can. 

More rarely, you may experience difficulties that are more severe or long lasting, or you may find yourself reacting to setbacks in a more extreme way. You may tell parents or friends that you are distressed or unable to cope, or you may try to hint that you are and hope they speak to you.  This can lead to the support you want.  Often though, you may find you show distress through acting differently, with more intense moods or behaviour, either at home, at school, or with friends.

Occasionally, your feelings or mood may be so extreme or upsetting that you need urgent help. If you’re self-harming, running away, or saying you no longer want to go on living then you may need immediate support. If this sort of feeling continues for some time it is a particular clue that you might need to look to get help to cope with your mental health.

You might not like asking for help. You may feel that you don’t want to burden other people. You worry about what they might think or that they could tell others.

You may even be afraid that they’ll laugh at you.

In fact, people who care about you will want to help you.

You just have to ask.

Who can you ask for help?

  • Your family – parents or carers, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins
  • A member of Staff at The Rowans
  • Trusted friends – your own friends, or friends of the family, neighbours
  • Professionals – your GP, a doctor or nurse, a social worker
  • A community support group

Want to speak to someone anonymously?

If you would like to chat to someone anonymously, you could try calling a helpline or visiting sites such as the ones below:


miLife is a project commissioned by young people for young people, exploring how everyone can experience better emotional wellbeing and mental health.


ChildLine provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects.


Mind’s Infoline advisors provide information on a range of topics including:

  • types of mental health problem
  • where to get help
  • medication and alternative treatments
  • advocacy.

They will look for details of help and support in your own area.

The Helpline is open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

Tel: 0300 123 3393
Text: 86463

The Mix

The Mix is the here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts that people under 25 have in order to give them the best support through our digital and phone services in the following ways:

  • A free and confidential helpline – 0808 808 4994. Available 365 days via phone, email or webchat.
  • The Mix website – offering essential support and advice on everything from sex and relationships to mental health and well being
  • Discussion boards – an online community for young people where they can talk anonymously about anything on their mind
  • Live Chat –  online chat rooms allow young people to have a safe space to share what’s on their mind