Help for Young People

There seems to be little online mental health help for young people. This is why this page seeks to provide help for those who may be having a tough time.

Bullying

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call?

Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

More than one million young people in the UK are affected by bullying every year. Bullying involves someone physically or verbally abusing you. 

There are different types of bullying such as:

  • Cyberbullying – this can include targeting you online, occasionally anonymously
  • Homophobic bullying – this can be based on your sexual orientation
  • Racist bullying – this can be because of the colour of your skin
  • Religious bullying – due to your faith or beliefs
  • Sexist bullying – due to you being the opposite sex
  • Sizeist bullying – this refers to your body size
  • and bullying you simply because you are different

Bullying can last a long time, or it can happen just once or twice. Anyone can be bullied. 

How Bullying Affects People 

Bullying can make people feel worthless, alone, isolated, angry, and anxious. It can also have a large impact on their self-confidence. You might experience a few of these feelings or all of them. 

Some people start to develop anxiety, depression, and eating problems. They may even begin to self-harm or start using drugs or alcohol. If you are dealing with any of these issues, please speak to your GP as soon as you can. Your GP will keep everything you say confidential. 

It is not your fault that you are being bullied.

Things can get a lot better. 

How to Get Help 

Online Bullying – Tell someone you can trust, such as a parent, a carer or one of your teachers. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram allow you to report abusive posts and content. Abuse can also be reported to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Please make sure that you keep reporting the bullying. Do this until the bullying stops. It might not stop completely the first time that you tell your parents, carers, or teachers. If the bullying continues, please tell them again.

You are important. Do not put up with this. No-one deserves to get bullied. 

Other Sources of Help 

Childline: 0800 1111 (open 9am until midnight throughout the year)

The Mix: 0808 808 4994 (open 4pm until 11pm, every day)

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: Text YM to 85258 (open all day, every day)

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

Covid and Mental Health

If you’re anxious or worried about the impact of COVID on your mental health, you’re not alone. The pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty for all of us. It’s, therefore, only natural that our mental health will be affected. No matter what you’re feeling about the pandemic, your feelings are valid. With the right support, we can all get through this. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

If You’re Feeling Anxious 

As humans, we’re made to feel anxious when something is troubling us. It’s part of the fight-flight-freeze response that we all have. In some situations, this response can keep us alive. However, if you’re feeling anxious all the time, it’s worth finding out what is causing it. 

Talking to your GP can prove helpful. They can even suggest treatment if they think it’s necessary. In addition to this, your GP can set up regular appointments so they can see how you are from time to time. 

If You’re Struggling with Social Distancing and Self-isolation

This time last year no-one in the UK was uttering the words “social distancing”. It’s not something we’d thought about. The same can be said for self-isolation. 

Here’s a blog post from October 2020 about how we can all make our day-to-day lives a little easier.

How to Look After Your Mental Health 

Practice Gratitude

Some people have found that practising gratitude has helped their mental health. You don’t have to make a big deal about practising gratitude. At the start of each day, you could think of 3-5 things that you’re grateful for. Write these things down, type them into your phone, or think about them. When you do this every day, it allows you to feel more positive. It also helps you to appreciate what you have. 

Keep a Journal 

Keeping a journal is another way to look after your mental health. Try to write a half a page to a full page a day. Write down what’s making you happy, the day’s events, or what you’re worried about. Sometimes just writing your worries down can make things seem better. 

You can personalise your journal in any way you like. Fill it with drawings, quotes, or stickers. You don’t have to share the contents of your journal with anyone. However, if you choose to, make sure it’s someone you can completely trust. 

We’re all worried about Coronavirus and the impact it’s having on our lives. Thankfully, there’s now a vaccine which means we might not have to stay at home all year. Only time will tell. There are some useful tips on the NHS website that could prove useful if you’re worried about Coronavirus. 

The impact of Coronavirus in Selby is clear when you gaze out your window or find ourselves social distancing when occasionally buying essentials. However, if you’re finding things tough, you don’t have to deal with your feelings on your own. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk