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Mental Illness

Just as people’s bodies can become unwell, people’s minds can become unwell too. Mental health problems are more common than you might think – three students in every classroom have a mental health problem.

There are different kinds of physical illness and different ways to treat them. There are also different types of mental illness and different types of treatments for them. But mental illness is something most people find hard to talk about. In this section, you will find information about common mental health problems, how to cope with your feelings about it and where you can get more information and advice.

If you’re a young person worried about your mental health there are many organisations which can help you.

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They offer the Young Minds Crisis Messenger which is a free, 24/7 text service. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.

Child and adolescent mental health services - CAMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing. Parents, carers and young people can receive direct support through CAMHS.

Children and young people may need help with a wide range of issues at different points in their lives.

Parents and carers may also need help and advice to deal with behavioural or other problems their child is experiencing.

To find your local CAMHS service: visit NHS UK – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and search for services in your area, or speak to your GP who can refer you.