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Dear Sam

I feel as if i may have some Mental Health issues. I am wondering if there is anything I can do wothout going to the Drs as i dont want to tell my parents as my dad has anxity. I dont want him to think i am seeking attention or coping for fun . I do have autism and lots and lots and lots and lots of medical issues. I need help please but i realy dont want my oarents to find out or any family or friends. is there anything at all you can do ?? Is there any medication i can take to help me feel better ?

Yours sincerly

A

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Hi there

Anyone can be affected by mental health problems at any time. Mental health is all about the way you feel about yourself, how happy you are, how much you believe you can overcome challenges and whether you feel able to interact with other people.

Things happen in life that can make you feel good or bad. And sometimes things happen which leave you feeling stressed or anxious. This can start to become a problem if negative thoughts and feelings happen all the time and if these thoughts and feelings start to affect your daily life.

There are can be many reasons that mental health issues happen and they can be very hard to cope with alone. Lots of people experience mental health issues at some point in their life and talking is one way to get help and to cope.

It might be difficult to talk to someone about what’s happening. It can take courage to talk to someone about how you’re feeling. And you might be sacred of being judged or labelled. Our Childline counsellors are here to listen and to support you at any time. Talking to a counsellor could be a good way to tell someone how you feel out loud.

If you feel you can’t talk to anyone right now about the way that you feel and you’re coping alone, there are tips and advice around ways to feel better. Ways to manage stress levels, regular exercise, healthy diet and some breathing exercises could help to feel differently. Taking care of yourself is important with or without mental health issues and building a healthy routine can help you make positive changes.

Visiting a GP or someone else in the medical profession is a good way of getting support. Normally your GP will talk to you about how you’re feeling and try to work out what’s going on. They’ll recommend what treatment might be best for you. And remember, you can visit your GP at any age, about any issue.

Take care

Sam

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