Get to know the early warning signs!
Early warning signs may help a person to feel more in control of their mood. Sometime people might feel that they may never see these signs. However getting a better understanding on what impacts on your mood may enable a person to put steps in place to manage this before it spirals out of control.
1. Are you spending a lot of time in your bedroom on your own? Whereas, previously you would enjoy others company.
You could try to start considering how to change this by planning to spend more time downstairs with family and friends. Or setting a time limit on how long you can spend alone in your room.
2. Are you becoming irritable and emotionally distressed.
Some people may associate these feelings with typical teenage hormones – this may be the case sometimes! But if this occurs more frequently it’s important to reflect on any changes that have occurred in your life. Have a look at what you did before to help improve your mood.
3. Reflect on what makes you happy.
It could be anything! A tub of ice-cream, painting your nails, playing a fifa online with friends or even sitting in the garden listening to some music.
4. Educating yourself!
Getting some help around improving your wellbeing. You could do this by talking to your GP, Public Health Nurse (School Nurse) or accessing online support through Kooth.
how to get help
If you feel that after following the advice and support of health professionals, teachers, family and friends, you’re still unable to see any improvements on your mood then it’s important that you seek medical advice from your GP and Public Health Nurse (School Nurse).
It maybe that you need further ongoing individual or group support work to help you reflect, challenge and overcome your low mood. This can be done through therapeutic interventions and it may be at this point you’re referred to CAMHS. For more information have a look at the links below.
Find help in your local area
Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.