Often, when young people are struggling, they are told to see a professional. They don’t often get much advice about how they could help themselves.
The Anna Freud Institute spoke to professionals and looked at academic research. They then drew up a list of strategies young people use.
We're sharing these strategies with you to help you to manage your wellbeing. It’s up to you to decide what helps. If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t, stop and try something else.
These activities are not a substitute for seeing a mental health professional. Sometimes we need outside help and advice. Getting help is good. No-one should feel bad about it.
This self-care section was developed by Common Room, The Anna Freud Institute, and young people from mental health support group Hearts & Minds.