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Self Care Strategies

Self-care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health

The Anna Freud Centre found out from young people that when they are struggling they are usually told to see a professional. They don’t often get much advice about how they could help themselves.

So after consulting with professionals reviewing academic research, they drew up a list of strategies young people use.

We’re sharing these strategies with you to help you to manage your wellbeing.  It’s up to you to decide what helps.  If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t, stop and try something else.  And you can help us build an evidence-base for these activities by letting us know what works by clicking on the ‘Did this activity help your mental wellbeing’ button on each page.  This will help us decide which ones to research further.

These activities are not a substitute for seeing a mental health professional. Sometimes we need outside help and advice. Getting help is good. No-one should feel bad about it. That’s what this site is about.

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Source On My Mind: Self-care strategies for young people with anxiety or depression Developed by The Common Room and young people from mental health support group Hearts & Minds.

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