Healthy feelings


There are times when all of us have problems and need help to deal with them. Some problems can seem huge at the time but after a few days they don’t seem so big.

But what do you do if a problem won’t go away?

How do you know if it’s really starting to affect you and change your behaviour? Sometimes it’s hard for us to know if we do have a problem.

In your own words - South Gloucestershire care leavers give advice on how to cope when problems get too big.  

It’s really important to remember that we ALL get these feelings from time to time. BUT if you find yourself doing any of the things listed below, then you need to talk to someone:

Feeling sad - Feeling confused - Feeling unable to make friends - Feeling moody - Worrying a lot of the time - Having trouble sleeping - Feeling useless - Crying a lot of the time - Feeling angry - Feeling guilty

You could speak to any of the people below:

Friend - Carer - Liz, Looked After Children’s Nurse - Key Worker - Social Worker  - Doctor -  Parents - Teacher - School Nurse - Trusted relative - Counsellor or therapist -  Friend’s parent or carer - Youth Worker


 Relationship abuse can happen to anyone.


Relationship abuse involves more than physical violence, it can be when someone puts you down, threatens you or forces you to do something you don't want to. 

Some people can be in an abusive relationship without even realising. Abuse in a relationship is when someone tries to control you, hurt you or force you to do things you don't want to.

• Abuse in relationships is not normal or acceptable – if you are in an abusive relationship it’s not your fault and you do not have to stand for it.

• It’s not just physical violence, like punching or kicking, that makes a relationship abusive – if you are threatened with violence, have no say over what you wear or who you see or speak to, or are constantly criticised it is sill abuse.

• Abuse is never OK – blaming abuse on anger, jealousy, alcohol or the other person’s behaviour is not acceptable.



Click here to find out more about how to spot the signs, have your say on the issue and seek help.  

Download a leaflet giving advice on relationship abuse