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We all experience times when we feel anxious, angry or sad. These feelings are important as they warn us about danger, let us know when we’re being treated unfairly or when we lose something important to us. However, sometimes these feelings can seem out of proportion to the situation and you can start to feel overwhelmed.  At these times, you might need some extra help in learning how to cope.

What should I do if I need help?

If you are struggling with overwhelming feelings, it's really important to find someone you trust to talk to. This could be a family member, school nurse, teacher or a youth worker. It's understandable that you might feel worried about this, however it's an experience a lot of young people go through and is the first step towards getting the help you need.

What is CYPS and CAMHS?

The Children and Young People Service (called CYPS for short) supports anyone under 18 in Gloucestershire who finds that unhelpful thoughts and feelings are getting in the way of everyday life. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) helps young people in Herefordshire. Our job is to help you to understand the problem and develop new ways of coping. If you would like to find about more about us and whether we can help, you can ask a teacher, doctor, youth worker or any other professional to refer you.

What happens if I am referred?

If we feel we may be able to help, we will offer you the chance to come and meet with us in a CHOICE appointment. You can find out more about what happens in a CHOICE appointment here. This is an opportunity for us to learn a little about you, find out about the difficulties and think together about whether we are the best service to support you. We have lots of links to other services in the area and we may suggest somewhere else may be better able to help.

What help will I be offered?

If together we decide that we might be able to help, you will meet with a partnership practitioner/clinician. Their job is to help you decide what you would like to be different and come up with some shared goals for your work together. Sometimes this might mean regular appointments with the partnership practitioner/clinician, meetings with other people who help you or a referral into specialist services. Crucially, the partnership practitioner/clinician will help you decide what support will get you closer to your goals and this will all be written down in something called ‘Your Care Plan’.

How can I help myself?

There are a few simple things you can try to improve your ability to cope with overwhelming feelings. They may sound obvious, but sometimes the smallest changes can lead to the biggest differences. The first things to check are:

How is your sleep? Are you eating enough? Are you doing any exercise? Have you got a routine?

If you would like to find out more about these ideas and experiment to see if they make a difference for you, click here.

The important things to remember are:

  • We work together with you. All decisions are made in partnership.
  • You are not alone -  around 1 in 10 young have problems managing their emotions.