Emotional Well Being means a lot of different things, for example: being happy and confident and not anxious or depressed; being able to do things for yourself, solve problems, manage your emotions, try to see and feel what a situation is like from someone else’s point of view as if you are standing in their shoes (this is called empathy), being resilient and noticing what is happening around you; having good relationships with others and not having behavioural problems, that is, not being disruptive, violent or a bully.
Emotional well being means you will be able to cope with some of the pressures that come with being a young person as you grow up and you will be able to develop the personal skills you need to get on in life.
However, there are lots of reasons why some young people become emotionally unwell, for example, experiencing abuse, having poor relationships with people that are close to them, struggling to get on with people at school, living in very poor home conditions. Poor emotional health can lead to problems later in life.
Young Minds have also got lots of useful information on common mental health problems and tips for children and young people about how to make a few changes in order to feel better.
In Calderdale, there are different agencies that can provide support for children and young people who may poor emotional health or who are worried about their mental health. These include:
Branching Out – a confidential service for children and young people aged between 10 and 21 who are experiencing difficulties with drugs or alcohol.
CAMHS – who work with children and young people up to 18 years who have emotional or mental health difficulties
Insight – who provide long-term support for young people from the age of 14 who are experiencing particular mental health difficulties
Noah’s Ark – who support children between 4 and 10 who have experienced an important loss and one-to-one counselling for 11 to 21 year olds
RELATE: Time to Talk – is a confidential counselling service for children and young people aged 5 to 25 who are feeling unhappy, worried or anxious because of problems in their family, at school or in their personal lives.
Children and Young People’s Domestic Violence Support Service – open to any child or young person aged between 5 and 19 who is affected by domestic abuse and
The Way Forward Project – for girls and young women.
Calderdale Young People’s Service which includes Orange Box, Youth Works for young people aged 11 to 25 and offers information, support and advice in groups and individually on a range of subjects.