We are constantly engaging with young people in schools and out in the community and we know for a fact that mental health and wellbeing is an issue that affects them.
These are five simple tips we give our young people who for a variety of reasons have found the season tough whether it is with studies at school, home life, and/or relationships.
1. Get outside
Sometimes you just need to get outside, go for a walk, play your favourite sport. Fresh air is good for the soul and clears your mind.
2. Phone a friend
Talking to your friends gets your mind off your stress. We all need some friendly encouragement at times.
3. Draw a mind map
The best way to communicate how you’re feeling is to grab a piece of paper and a pen and start to draw it out. A mind map is a great way to order your thoughts and encourages you to start planning beyond your immediate circumstances.
4. Find a safe space
Hang out somewhere safe. It’s important for you to have a zone or space within your community to feel safe. You might find that your local park, shopping or community centre has a youth hub or community space where you can find positive mentors, new friends and activities to keep your mind off negative things.
5. Ask for help
You can’t do it all on your own. Whether your stress is study or exam related or relational, your school counsellor could be a great person to ask for some healthy tips. If not, there are great counselling services available such as Beyond Blue or Kids Helpline where you can call and ask for some advice. You don’t have to do it alone! There are people out there that care and want to support you along the way.
KIDS HELP LINE