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Mental and Emotional Health

Being mentally and emotionally healthy means that you believe in yourself and know your own worth.

You have lots of emotions and will be able to think of times you have been happy, sad, frightened, angry or jealous. Being mentally and emotionally healthy means that:

  • You believe in yourself and know your own worth.
  • You set yourself goals that you can achieve and can find support to do this.
  • You are aware of your emotions and what you are feeling and can understand why. 
  • You can cope with your changing emotions and you can speak about and manage your feelings. 
  • You understand what others may be feeling and know how to deal with their feelings. 
  • You also understand when to let go and not overreact. 
  • You know how to make friendships and relationships and how to cope with changes in them. 
  • You understand that everyone can be anxious, worried or sad sometimes. 
  • You know how to cope with, and bounce back from, changes or problems and can talk about them to someone you trust.

Sharing your feelings will help you to deal with them, when they are good and when they are not so good. How you feel inside is important. Sometimes when you are upset about something, the hardest thing is telling someone else just how you feel. It is normal to sometimes feel worried, frightened, upset, anxious, annoyed, irritated or even angry.

Telling others about how you feel will help friends and family understand and support you, particularly if you are going through a difficult time. Remember a problem shared is a problem halved - then you will not be alone with your problems or worries.

Sharing your feelings does not mean your problems and worries suddenly disappear but at least someone else knows what’s bothering you and can help you find a solution. If you can’t confide in a friend, parent or close relative, you should talk to a teacher, school counsellor or your doctor.

Check out the following sources of support:


  • Childline 0800 1111
  • Samaritans 0845 790 9090
  • Lifeline 0808 808 8000
  • Aware Defeat Depression 08451 202961
  • Lighthouse 028 9075 5070
  • PIPS (Newry and Mourne) 028 3026 6195 
  • PIPS (Belfast) 028 9080 5850

Useful Websites:

Click on the links below for information on how you can manage your mental and emotional health.

Click on the link below to view documents published by The Public Health Agency