One of the things that young people have told us, is that it can be quite hard to know what is a problem and when to get help. Our general rule is that if something’s bothering you and it’s been going on for a while, then it’s worth talking to someone to get some advice. You could start by talking to friends or family, your GP of one of the help lines [link to help page].
"…because the thing is you can’t see it and that’s the problem with mental illness, you can’t actually physically see it… so it’s hard to be able to determine whether or not someone has got mental illness or not." - James aged 21
But we also know that it can be quite a big step sometimes to talk to someone about things that are worrying you. Lots of young people don’t like talking about their problems because they are worried about wasting someone’s time or not being listened to, feeling silly or finding it difficult. It can be hard to take that first step.
"I don’t talk about my past, I don’t talk about how I feel, I don’t talk about the emotions and all that because it makes me feel vulnerable, to be honest with you".
To try to help you decide about speaking to someone we’ve developed a quick questionnaire. You can fill this in confidentially in your own time. It will give you some feedback to help you understand what might be going on for you just now and some advice on how to get help if you want to. We’ve developed this with advice from young people. You can find out more about this from our poster [link to poster - COMING SOON]
[Complete the questionnaire, in confidence, here, to find out more about what might be bothering you and to help you to decide for yourself, what you want to do about it - COMING SOON]
We are still trying to improve on this questionnaire, so if you are happy to, you can take part in a brief research project where you can tell us what you think of the questionnaire and complete the questionnaire and a couple of others. We will use what you say, in confidence, to make this self-help page and questionnaire even better.