Emotions are important for people and act as a kind of guide, preparing us for different situations. For example, emotions can make us act quickly when we need to, without having to think. By showing emotions, we also influence those around us. 

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Everyone has feelings, but how we experience them and act on them can differ depending on personality, or past experiences.

Some feelings are nice and lovely, while others are unpleasant and difficult. Examples of different emotions are: anger, sadness, fear, worry, joy, love and guilt or remorse.


Knowing who you are can be difficult. It's also something that can change over time. Who you are is influenced by your experiences, people you meet and life events.

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Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives for different reasons. Being stressed for a short time is not a problem, but when you are stressed often or for a long time, your body can be damaged.

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Anxiety and worry

It's common to have anxiety sometimes. But if you have anxiety often and find that it causes you pain and limits you, you may need help.

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Sleep is important for us humans and has a big impact on how we feel. But sometimes we have trouble sleeping, perhaps because we feel very anxious or worried about something in our lives. There are several things you can try to help you sleep better.

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Thoughts on death

Thinking about death is something that most people do from time to time. It's also not uncommon to feel a fear of death. If your thoughts about death take up a lot of your time and make you feel unwell, it can be good to share your thoughts with others.

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Self-harming or self-injurious behaviour means harming your own body or exposing yourself to something dangerous or risky. Hurting oneself is usually a way of coping with difficult feelings and anxiety.

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If I tell the school counsellor something, will she tell me?

A counsellor has a duty to report, which means that he or she is obliged to report a concern to the social services if he or she becomes aware of or suspects that a child is being abused. There is therefore no guarantee that the counsellor will not report a concern if he or she believes that you are at risk of harm. 

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