When you’re struggling with your feelings it can sometimes seem like you’re the only one who feels the way you do. But you’re not alone. Lots of other people deal with similar problems all the time – you just might not know it.
Real Stories are created by MindMate, to share stories from young people in Leeds who have had problems with their mental health. We’ll be adding more stories over the next few months so please check back again soon.
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I’d just got a promotionat my job was ready to move outand get down on one knee…And then it just all went…
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Who to talk to?
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I felt like I wasfighting a losing battle Icouldn’t get outof it
I kept it allbottled up
Some battles leave scars, some you can’t see
...Listening to other people’s storieswhat they do to copeThat put things into perspective for me
Getting help from people around you
How do I go about getting help?
Finding the right service for you
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My friends and family make the impossible possible
wouldn’t be where I am today, right now, if it hadn't of been for them.
Looking for a job, wanting to move out or just seeking more independence? Life changes can really affect your mood and are sometimes quite overwhelming. There’s lots of information out there about the services that can help you to live independently, though:
Look after yourself
MindMate has lots of useful information on how to look after yourself when thinking about living independently.
People sometimes say they’re ‘depressed’ when they’re having a bad day, but depression is more than that – it’s when those low feelings are there for a long time or are there all the time.
Young people can suffer from depression just like adults do, so if sad feelings and emotions are taking over your life then it’s a good idea to ask for help. You can read more about the symptoms of depression here.
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Getting help in Leeds
If you’ve felt low for a while it could be time to talk to someone. There are lots of places in Leeds that can support you
It might not always feel like it, but you’re not in alone in feeling the way you do. In fact, there are people who understand who are ready to talk and help provide support. It’s about finding a way to getting support that’s right for you.
You can safely share your thoughts, experiences and get support and advice from other young people in similar situations
No matter what’s going on in your life, there are services in Leeds that could help. It’s just about finding the right place for you. You can visit the ‘What’s in Leeds for me’ page on MindMate or check out the quick links below.
Things you might find useful
Support in Leeds, helplines and services
This useful page on MindMate could point you in the right direction. Or watch our useful videos.
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There are lots of places and people there to help you cope with your feelings. Whether it’s through school, a local service, or perhaps online, there will be something that’s right for you. Find out more here.
Although it is completely normal for moods and feelings to change, sometimes you might decide that you need some help managing what’s going on in your head. From feelings about food, to hurting yourself, there is help and advice available.