Stressbusters: what to do if you’re worried about a young person

Woodland Retreat

Many young people feel under pressure during September and October after returning to school and may find the stress difficult to cope with.

Stress can affect your mental health, which is how you think, feel, act and generally cope with life.

It is also about how you look at yourself and other people and how you handle relationships and making choices.

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust runs Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Bury and has a dedicated website www.healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk which is full of information about what to do if you, or your child, are struggling to cope.

If you feel that you might put yourself or someone you know in danger, you can go to the accident and emergency department at your local hospital.

Symptoms

Sometimes it can be difficult to recognise that stress is building up.

Signs that you can look out for include:

• Panicking about school pressure

• Having a headache or upset stomach

• Wanting to cry or feeling emotional or out of control

• Finding it hard to switch off and be calm

• Having trouble sleeping

• Not eating properly

• Eye strain

• Feeling irritable

• Feeling that your workload is too much

• Not being able to study

Tips for reducing stress

There are several things that you can do to help to reduce you stress levels including:

• Taking regular breaks from school work and going for a walk

• Taking part in physical activity

• Listening to your favourite music

• Enjoying some dedicated relaxation time

• Eating healthily

• Talking to a parent, friend or teacher

Help and advice

If these tips don’t help and you feel you’re struggling to cope with stress, it’s important that you go and see your GP, who will normally see you the same day.

You might feel embarrassed or ashamed of how you are feeling and want to keep it to yourself, but there is no reason to feel like this.

Many people experience mental health problems at some time in their life, including famous people such as Britney Spears and Robbie Williams.

Specialist support

Sometimes people experiencing mental health difficulties need to spend some time in hospital to receive specialist support to help them towards recovery.

Pennine Care runs two young people’s mental health units at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury.

The Hope Unit is a short stay unit for young people with acute mental health problems where young people can stay for up to six weeks.

Horizon Unit is a 10-bed inpatient unit for young people with more complex conditions who need to remain in hospital for longer to receive treatment that is suitable for their needs.

Both wards provide a range of treatment and support to young people aged between 13 and 18 years, from anywhere in the UK, who are experiencing a range of mental health difficulties.

The units have a specialist woodland retreat area for young people to enjoy fun activities, receive visits from family and take part in therapy sessions in a relaxed environment

The-state-of-the-art treehouse was the first mental health unit of its kind in the country.