What is Emotional wellbeing?

Emotional Well Being means a lot of different things, for example: being happy and confident and not anxious or depressed; being able to do things for yourself, solve problems, manage your emotions, try to see and feel what a situation is like from someone else's point of view as if you are standing in their shoes (this is called empathy), noticing what is happening around you; having good relationships with others and not having behavioural problems, that is, not being disruptive, violent or a bully.

Emotional wellbeing means you will be able to cope with some of the pressures that come with being a young person as you grow up and you will be able to develop the personal skills you need to get on in life.

However, there are lots of reasons why some young people become emotionally unwell, for example, experiencing abuse, having poor relationships with people that are close to them, struggling to get on with people at school, living in very poor home conditions.  Poor emotional health can lead to problems later in life.

Just as we all have physical health, we have mental health too. And just as our bodies can become unwell, so can our minds. Like physical illness, mental illness affects people of any age, race, religion or income.

What to do:

There are lots of simple, everyday ways you can support someone who has a mental health problem. Small things can make a big difference - like being there to listen, keeping in touch and reminding the other person that you care.

If you are struggling with your emotional wellbeing and feel you need to talk to someone you can either:


Talk to your social worker who can refer you to the right service to support you with your needs, such as a therapist or counsellor. Talk with your school who may have school counsellors available.


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You can also access KOOTH, which is an online mental health service for children, young people and adults. They offer an confidential online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people 11-19 years old, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

For more information or to access their support click here.


MIND is a mental health service supporting those over the age of 18. Their services include talking therapies, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.

For MIND support and more information click here.

Young Minds:

Provide useful information on common mental health problems and tips for children and young people about how to make a few changes in order to feel better.

For more information please click here.


CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. CAMHS are the NHS services that assesses and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

CAMHS support covers depression, problems with food, self-harm, abuse, violence or anger, bipolar, schizophrenia and anxiety, to name a few.




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How do I get help from CAMHS?

Someone, usually your foster carer, Social Worker, teacher, GP, or yourself if old enough, can refer you for an assessment with CAMHS to see what help you could get.

It's important to tell the person referring you as much as you can so you can get the help you need.