Relationships, friends and family
It would be a very lucky person who managed to go through life without having any difficulties or worries about their relationships with other people - at home, school/college, work or socially. Shyness or social phobia can make life difficult too.
When you are an adult and with the advantage of hindsight, you will realise what a turbulent time the teenage years can be. With so many physical changes going on and so much to learn at school and about life, at times it can seem overwhelming.
Friendships are important to all of us but what is a friend? We generally think of a friend as someone we can hang out and have fun with, but also someone who will be loyal and upon whom we can depend when things are not so good. Remember friendship is a two-way street - to have good friends you must also be one. The quality of your friendships and your popularity are definitely NOT defined by the number of 'Friends' you have on Facebook!
Loneliness happens to most of us at some time, whether you are on your own or even when surrounded by people. See link to the charity Mind in right hand column.
Very few families are perfect. If things are not good at home there are places where you can seek help. One usually thinks of the organisation 'Relate' as being for marriage-counselling but they do also have a service for young people. See the link on the right.
The organisation Brook offers advice on intimate relationships and sex as well. The link is in the right column.
If you have any doubts about your own self-worth, watch the video below.
Alateen (ages 12-17) Help if a parent/carer drinks too much.
0207 403 0888 10am-10pm
Brook - Everyone is different, and everyone has different hopes and desires when it comes to relationships and sex. Read more....
Bullying - see Help! page
(Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service). Sometimes families experience problems. Your parents or carers might be splitting up, or they might be finding it difficult to look after you properly. Cafcass works with families involved in family court proceedings.
Mind - page on loneliness. Helpful information, support and links.
Relate - Things might be worrying you at home or at school, or you might need help and advice with your own relationships.
Rip-Rap - this site has been developed for teenagers who have a parent with cancer.