Anger is a normal and healthy reaction when things don’t go the way we expected, life feels unfair or people upset or hurt us. It can be a helpful thing - letting us know that something is wrong or not okay with us. Sometimes it is difficult to manage angry feelings and these feelings feel overwhelming and can affect school life and relationships, leaving you feeling unhappy.
Anxiety is something everyone experiences at times, and feeling anxious is a perfectly natural reaction to some situations (like exams or problems with friendships). But sometimes feelings of anxiety can be constant, overwhelming or out of proportion to the situation and this can affect your day-to-day life.
If you're being bullied, whether it's online or at school, college or work, it can be really difficult and leave you feeling hurt. It can come in the form of verbal abuse or being physically hurt. Bullying can be a one-off or it can go on for a long time. And bullying can happen to anyone.
Depression is one of the most common types of mental illness. We all feel low or down at times, but if your negative emotions last a long time or feel very severe, you may have depression. Depression can happen as a reaction to something like abuse, bullying or family breakdown, but it can also run in families. It's not the same as manic depression, which is another term for bipolar disorder.
We're all likely to experience the loss of a friend or loved one. Whenever it happens, it will be a difficult time. Grief affects us in different ways. When we are bereaved, we are likely to feel waves of emotions as we come to terms with loss. These can include sadness, guilt, shock and anger. All are normal after a death. There's no right or wrong way to feel.
Sometimes important life events make us feel lonely, like changing school, moving home or family breakdowns. We may also face discrimination, which can make us feel isolated or excluded. We may be isolated physically or feel alone in a crowd, or we might be emotionally isolated because of something we have experienced that's difficult to share.
Low self esteem
Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. Most young people will have dips in self-esteem as they go through different stages or challenges in life, and there are different pressures that may affect them - including social media, bullying, exams, family and friendship problems and abuse. Low self-esteem can affect your confidence, you may feel lonely and isolated and develop a negative image of yourself.
Stress is the body's reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. It's very common, can be motivating to help us achieve things in our daily life, and can help us meet the demands of home, school and family life. But too much stress can affect our mood, our body and our relationships – especially when it feels out of our control. It can make us feel anxious and irritable, and affect our self-esteem.
Family and friendship issues
When we experience difficulties or changes in a relationship – with a partner, friend or family member – it can affect our mental health in many ways. If you're worried about any of your relationships and how it's affecting you, it's worth talking it over with someone you can trust.
Peer pressure is when a person feels like they should do or not do something in order to fit in or be accepted by their friends or peers. Sometimes peer pressure can be a good thing when it encourages us to try something new or make a healthy change, but there are also times when a person can feel pressured to do something riskier or make a decision that could be harmful to their self or to others. That’s why it’s important to make sure your decisions are right for you based on what you think and try not to worry so much about what others are doing.