Most people, children as well as adults, feel low or ‘blue’ occasionally. Feeling sad is a normal reaction to experiences that are stressful or upsetting. However, when these feelings go on and on, take over your usual self and interfere with your whole life, it can become an illness. This illness is called ‘depression’.
There are many reasons why you may start to use substances such as caffeine, nicotine and medicines, alongside alcohol or illicit drugs.
You may begin because of curiosity, rebellion, or influence from other people, or you may need to take them for medical reasons. You may find the experience enjoyable and want to repeat it, it is here at this point where you may run into problems if you start to misuse these drugs.
When someone is thinking of taking their own life it can be frightening for everyone involved. You might find it hard to understand what they are going through and you might be uncertain as to how you can help.
Gambling is a popular pastime in Northern Ireland, including the poker machines, lotto, instant scratchies, cards, racing or online betting. Many people have fun gambling now and again, but sometimes it can get out of hand and become a cause for distress and financial hardship.
Bullying can come in all shapes and sizes. Bullying can be verbal, emotional, or physical. Even ignoring people can be a form of bullying. Any behaviour that is designed to threaten someone can be called bullying.
Resilience is the ability to “bounce back” from stressful or challenging experiences. It involves being able to adapt to changes and approach negative events, sources of stress and traumatic events as constructively as possible.
There are many reasons why physical activity is good for your body - having a healthy heart and improving your joints and bones are just two, but did you know that physical activity is also beneficial to your mental health and wellbeing?