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Just for kids: your feelings and mental health

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It’s common for kids to feel overwhelmed by their emotions or by what’s happening in their lives. If you think you need help to deal with your feelings, it may help to talk to someone.

Are my feelings normal?

Everyone feels sad, angry, afraid or worried sometimes. That’s normal. But some kids feel sad, worried or angry a lot, or feel very anxious or down.

If your feelings start to affect what you normally do, it’s important to find out what’s going on and look for help.

Common worries

Lots of things can may make you feel anxious, depressed, afraid or upset. Some of them are:

Need help now?

Kids Helpline is a free 24-hour counselling service for Australian kids and young people. Kids’ mental health is just as important as physical health and with help you can change how you feel about what has happened in your life. Call 1800 55 1800.

If your sadness or worry makes you (or someone you know) think or talk about death a lot, you should contact the Youthbeyondblue 24-hour helpline on 1300 22 4636 straight away.

How can being worried or unhappy affect me?

You may feel worried or upset a lot and withdraw from family and friends. You may lose interest in school, sport or other interests. Some kids get angry a lot and might feel that they want to be cruel or violent.

Some kids who have trouble handling their feelings can get phobias (such as being scared of spiders or leaving the house) or become obsessive about things like washing their hands. Other kids eat too much, or too little or vomit up their food after eating.

Who can I talk to?

If your feelings are overwhelming or you often feel down, it may help to talk to someone you trust like:

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Last reviewed: April 2020


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