Being a teenager is tough enough without the added complications that JIA can bring. You need to look after your mental health as much as your physical health. Speak to your doctor about how you feel and ask them for support if you need it. Share how you are feeling with members of your family if you can, too.
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.
Below are some videos developed by Public Health England and the Department of Health through the One You service. They have kindly agreed to allow us to share these directly with you.
You can find more information and resources to support your mental health here.
Mindful breathing exercises can help you feel more calm and present.
Feeling anxious? This short video will take you through some simple tips and advice for managing your worries.
The way we think affects the way we feel, and tackling unhelpful thoughts is one of the best things we can do when we feel less anxious or low. Watch this video to learn how to challenge your unhelpful thoughts.
If you need urgent help there are a number of organisations out there who can support you. Here are a few who can help:
Kooth - https://www.kooth.com/
Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/
Stem4 - https://stem4.org.uk/
Young Minds - https://youngminds.org.uk/
Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk/ or call 0800 11 11 free.
The Samaritans - https://www.samaritans.org/ or call 116 123 free.