If you are a young person and you feel down or depressed, this booklet produced by Young Minds is for you. It talks about how normal it is for people to feel up or down at different times, but highlights the difference between these feelings and more serious longer-term depression which can make daily life difficult.
The ‘In School Stay Cool’ booklet is aimed particularly at those young people starting secondary school. This booklet highlights worries that young people can have, such as school work, exams, making friends, fitting in, feeling under pressure, being bullied, not wanting to go to school and not getting on with a teacher. It then suggests ways young people can cope and manage these difficulties.
Growing up and leaving childhood entering adulthood is both exciting but can be daunting. Aimed at 16-18 year-olds, the Entering Adulthood booklet examines the excitement, fears, uncertainty and difficulties associated with the transition from childhood to adulthood and suggests ways of coping.
Self-harm, or self-injury, describes a wide range of things people deliberately do to themselves that appear to be harmful but usually do not kill them. Cutting the arms or the back of the legs with a razor or knife is the most common form of self-harm, but self-harm can take many forms, including burning, biting, hitting or taking overdoses. A young person may self-harm to help them cope with negative feelings, to feel more in control or to punish themselves. It can be a way of relieving overwhelming feelings that build up inside, when they feel isolated, angry, guilty or desperate (text taken from young minds).
The Young Minds booklet ‘Worried about Self Injury’ is a really useful booklet to help young people understand more about what self-injury is and why people do it. It shows young people how to find support.
Low self esteem/shyness
Self-esteem is how a person feels about themselves and what they do. Someone with positive self-esteem will generally approach things thinking they are a good person who deserves love and support and can succeed in life. Someone with low or negative self-esteem will generally think they are not good at things, don’t deserve love or support and that situations will work out badly for them (text taken from young minds).
For further information about the signs and symptoms of low self esteem please visit the Young Minds website.
If you think you are often shy around people or in different situation the Shykids.com is a website all about talks about shyness and may be useful.
Mental illness in the family
Anyone who has a family member suffering from mental illness will find this booklet helpful. It explains what mental illness is, the different kinds of mental illnesses and their symptoms. It also looks at the causes of mental illness and the impact that it has on other family members.