It's Mental Health Week and our free gift to you is this printable PDF Safety Plan. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, self-harm, suicide ideation, mood swings etc., it is helpful to have a plan. When you're falling apart it's hard to think clearly, but if you have a plan written down, it's easy to refer to it in a crisis. You can download the PDF by clicking on the link below.
Everyone gets overwhelmed sometimes. You might be tired, hungry, stressed about an assignment due next week, aggravated by your younger brother, worried about a friend who hasn't messaged you back, and angry about an argument you just had with your Mum. As a result you may want to yell, break something, cry, or all of the above. Overwhelm happens to everyone. Your parents may be tired, anxious about work, stressed about some big bills they have to pay, worried about your older brother's bad behaviour, and concerned about their parents. As a result, they may be less patient than usual.
Here are nine things from https://psychcentral.com and one from me to help deal with overwhelm. They are all useful. Do as many of them as you can. I was feeling overwhelmed tonight. It helped to talk about it and get a hug.
Many of you are sitting exams at the moment - here are some quick ways to calm down before an exam. Some of them you could even do during an exam (maybe not the jumping jack one).
Anxiety and panic attacks usually happen at the most inconvenient time. You can't exactly do a 20 minute mindful meditation in the middle of an exam, but there are other things that you can do. Here are nine things that you can do if you need to calm down in a hurry—some of them you could even do in the middle of an exam:
Kids Helpline1800 55 1800
Free, confidential counselling service available any time of the day or night by phone or webchat.
Beyond Blue1300 22 4636
Call or chat online with a trained mental health professional any time of the day or night.
headspace1800 650 890
Online and telephone support service that helps young people who don’t feel ready to attend a headspace centre or who prefer to talk about their problems via online chat, email or on the phone.
Kids helpline has a great article on how to manage anxiety. You can find it at https://kidshelpline.com.au/teens/issues/how-manage-anxiety Everyone feels anxious sometimes but if anxiety is making it difficult to do life - you might need to see a counsellor or psychologist. You can talk to your school chaplain, a teacher, your parents, a friend's mum or your family doctor.
Lots of students deal with school anxiety. Here's a video from therapist Kati Morgan. It's from the US but is still applicable in Australia.
Note: In Australia you can call Kids Helpline for 5-25 year olds on 1800 551800.