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I don't know what's wrong, but I need to talk

Sometimes we feel sad and we don’t know why.

Sometimes we worry a lot and we don’t know why.

Sometimes we feel certain ways for no reason we can think of, but it's important to know that this is normal and everybody at some point in their lives feels this way.

Growing up causes a lot of new stresses and worries – for example, exam stress, falling out with close friends, relationship troubles and/or the changes of puberty – but you are not alone.  Everyone feels this at some point.  It's also normal to feel more than one emotion at a time, such as you could be sad and angry, or anxious and depressed, or maybe all of them.  Everyone is different and it's not the end of the world, we promise. 

What can I do for myself?

It's always best to talk to someone about how you feel.  Bottling things up may feel like you're protecting yourself, but in fact it is anything but that.  You need to let your emotions out and ask for help.  Have you tried talking to your family or friends?  Maybe a teacher can help, especially if your school has a guidance counsellor to help you. 

I've tried this, I need more help

There are a range of services available.  If you feel you need support or would like to talk to someone, all these services can be accessed via Self Referral:

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