Thoughtful

Help & advice

Something going on that you don’t quite understand? Find out how to cope and get support with whatever you’re struggling with.

  • ADHD

    ADHD doesn’t have to limit you – just ask some of the world’s top athletes, musicians and business men – Sir Richard Branson, Justin Timberlake and Louis Smith all have ADHD and they’ve not done too badly.

    Common Symptoms:
    Inattentiveness, Hyperactivity and Impulsiveness
  • Alcohol

    Alcohol does bad things to your head. As well as the painful hangover, regular boozing leaves you at higher risk of anything from bad decisions, to fights to suicide. See our tips on drinking sensibly, breaking up with booze and how to access detox.

    Common Symptoms:
    Withdraw: Shaking, Tremors, Isolation, Depression, Anxiety, Memory Loss
  • Anorexia

    Having a complex eating disorder like anorexia can be stressful, all-consuming and dominate your life. Whilst recovery can seem like a long road ahead, eating disorders can be beaten. Don’t try and tackle it alone.

    Common Symptoms:
    Weight loss, Body image disturbance, Secretive behaviour, Focusing on issues around food, Denying the problem, Emaciation and Physical Health Problems.
  • Anxiety

    Anxiety is a feeling of worry, fear or panic that just won’t switch off. It can make things very difficult but you don’t have to let it rule your life. Start dealing with your anxiety and get back on track.

    Common Symptoms:
    Worry and Fear, Irritable, Impatient, Physical symptoms, Over-aroused, Think about the worst happening
  • Being in Care

    If you can’t stay living at home at the moment you may ‘go into care’ and be looked after elsewhere. Being in care and leaving care can be stressful times for young people but equally others enjoy making new friends, doing activities and being supported.

    Common Symptoms:
    Stress, anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, isolation, distress, self-harm.
  • Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar disorder involves mood swings from high ‘manic’ states to low ‘depressed’ states. Unstable mood can mess with your life, but it doesn’t have to stay that way; get support to start your recovery and regain control of your mood.

    Common Symptoms:
    Depression, anxiety, feeling hyper, too much energy, mood changes, unclear thoughts, psychotic symptoms, dangerous or reckless behaviour, not sleeping, being inappropriate, no concentration.
  • Bulimia

    Having a disrupted eating pattern of bingeing and purging food can make you feel anxious and out of control. Whilst this can feel scary, it’s possible to get control of your life again. Talking to someone is the first step.

    Common Symptoms:
    Binging on food, purging food, weight loss, weight gain, poor physical health, anxiety, guilt, mood swings, depression, self-harm and using drugs or alcohol to cope.
  • Bullying

    Bullies are aggressive, controlling and intimidating and their bullying can make your life miserable with long-lasting consequences. Bullying comes in many forms, it is very traumatic and upsetting and it can be hard to know how to handle it.

    Common Symptoms:
    distress, anxiety, depression, suicidal feelings, self-harm, low self-esteem, isolation, physical symptoms.
  • Caring for someone

    Caring for someone can be rewarding but it can also be tough for everyone involved no matter how much you care about the person. It’s an important job but one which you don’t have to do alone; there’s lots of support to help you.

    Common Symptoms:
    Caring can be exhausting, rewarding, isolating and stressful
  • Debt

    Debt increases the risk of mental illness and mental illness increases the risk of getting into debt. If you’ve found yourself in debt it’s time to face up to it and get help to get back on track.

    Common Symptoms:
    Debt can lead to feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and being unable to cope.
  • Depression

    Depression can sneak into your life and make you unhappy, exhausted, isolated and unable to do anything. It convinces you into thinking that things will never get better but they will. It’s a common problem and easily treated with the right help.

    Common Symptoms:
    Feeling down, irritable, exhausted, muddled thinking, poor memory, anxiety, worthlessness, low confidence, isolation, guilt, thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
  • Domestic Violence

    Being hurt emotionally and / or physically can lead to physical injuries, negative feelings, low self-esteem and longer-term difficulties. No one deserves to feel this way. Don’t hide away, get help now.

    Common Symptoms:
    Living in fear, anxiety, depression, harm, low self-esteem, isolation, suicidal thoughts, trauma, difficulty sleeping.