Sometimes you might get stuck in a cycle of thinking too much about things. It might be something you don't need to worry about, but you just can't help going over the same thing again and again.

It can make you feel stressed and confused and you might struggle to make decisions because you worry about what might go wrong.

Thinking about things and trying to solve problems is normal behaviour, but when you overthink it takes up a lot of your time and energy and makes you feel anxious and upset.

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"Every time I step into a classroom I feel ugly and uncomfortable, trapped by eyes staring me down. It is an overwhelming pressure that makes me feel my heart and head pounding.

"These thoughts control my walk, talk, mood and concentration. I am not me anymore. Do I look too slumped or proper? What am I to them? I think if I could have any super power in the world I would want to be able to read minds so I can finally be at peace."

Charlie, Age 13

(Some names changed to protect people's identities)

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Who Can Help?

You can talk to your parents or carers, or a trusted adult within your school or setting, or any trusted friend.

If you are over 16 you can contact the NHS Talking Therapies Service Norfolk and Waveney (known as Wellbeing Service) on 0300 1231503 (9am – 5pm).

Kooth offers online counselling, advice and emotional well-being support 7 days a week until 10pm. 

MAP Norfolk can give free and confidential support, information and advice on issues such as housing, money and mental health. You can call 01603 766994 or email info@map.uk.net.

If you live in Norfolk:

If you're 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for anonymous and confidential advice and guidance from a health professional. Chat Health is available Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

You can also contact the Norfolk Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you live in Waveney:

You can call the Suffolk School Nursing service on 0345 607 8866 or email childrenshealth@suffolk.gov.uk.

Urgent Mental Health Support

For 24/7 immediate advice, support and signposting for anyone with mental health difficulties please contact 111 and select the mental health option. 

If you feel someone's life is at risk or they cannot be kept safe, call 999 or go to A&E.

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