Mental health is an important part of a person’s wellbeing. Mental health issues can particularly affect young people due to the stresses of school, college and university. Also young people have lots of stresses surrounding social relationships, finances and home life. It can difficult to determine if you are suffering from a mental health condition and that is why it is important to talk to someone if you feel a change in your behaviours or mood.
If you are experiencing any of the following, please contact the surgery to make an appointment with one of the doctors:
Feeling sad and more upset than usual or that you don’t want to be here anymore
Feeling anxious or scared
Hurting yourself or other people
Have problems concentrating or sleeping
Loss of motivation
Hear voices or see things that concern you
Have problems eating
Struggling with feelings of anger or frustration
Feeling unable to control your behaviour
Feel like you don’t like yourself or have low self-esteem
Worrying a lot
Falling out or arguing with friends and family members more than usual
Please remember that mental health can affect anyone and is one of the most common issues facing young people today. There is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about and you will not be treated any differently.
Please contact the practice to ask for advice or to speak to one of our GP’s if you are worried or concerned or even if you have any questions.
The links below explain a bit more about some common mental health disorders:
Did you know 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year?
Did you know that 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24?
Did you know that 51% of young people believe that anyone their age diagnosed with a mental illness would be embarrassed?
Below is a list of useful websites which provide further information on mental health and some services are even based in the local area:
North Tyneside Talking Therapies Wellbeing Groups – 0191 295 2775
Papyrus – prevention of young suicide
Helpline: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786 209697