Looking after your mental health

Our mental health is what helps us cope with all the challenges we face as we are growing up and dealing with the world and all those around us. It is about our feelings and emotions, about being able to show how we feel, and it’s about our behaviour when we feel good, bad, angry, happy, sad, worried or excited. We all have mental health and, just like looking after our body, we need to look after our mental health.


Our mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It changes, as things around us can affect it. Sometimes we might get worried about something. For example, as a young carer you might be worried about handing in homework on time, but then feel ok when the teacher understands why it’s late. That’s our mental health helping us to cope with the situation. We all get worried and stressed at times and these feelings usually pass.


So what helps these feelings pass? What can help our mental health?

  • Staying active
  • Doing something fun
  • Eating well
  • Keeping in touch with people
  • Dealing with feelings
  • Asking for help
  • Taking a break
  • Doing something you are good at
  • Accepting who you are
  • Getting enough sleep 
  • Talking to someone you trust
  • Writing down how you feel
  • Helping others

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