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Some people may say stress is just part of life, but it can be really serious and damage your health if it goes on for a long time.

It’s really common to feel stressed out from time to time – it’s a normal part of life, and can even be beneficial in some situations.

You might feel stressed for a lot of reasons like homework, school and exams, pressure to do well and make decisions about your future, things going on with your friends and family, or a lack of sleep and feeling you have too much to do.


But stress can become a problem when it starts to interfere with your everyday life and relationships, making you unwell. It can also last for a long time, and get worse as other challenges come up in life.


Stress affects everyone differently, but common symptoms can include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed, irritable and “wound up”

  • Feeling anxious and fearful

  • Low self-esteem

  • Constant worry

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

  • Feeling like your thoughts are racing

  • Changes to eating and sleeping patterns

  • Muscle tension, pain and headaches

  • Avoiding situations or people you are having problems with

  • Snapping at people

Some people may say stress is just part of life – but it can be really serious and damage your health if it goes on for a long time. The good news is, there’s a huge amount of support available, and lots you can do yourself to reduce your own stress, or better manage it.


Polaris Children's Services offer a number of programmes that help people increase their resilience and positive mental wellbeing in order to cope with the challenges life can throw at us all. If you are accessing one of these services you can find out more here. We’ve also got information you might be interested in such as Exams, Mindfulness, Relaxation and Self-Care.

- Useful Links -

What stress is, what causes it and how it might feel to be suffering from stress.

Symptoms of stress and when to get help.

Learn more about stress and read about other people's own experiences.

- Who to contact -

If you are already accessing one of our services you can see how to contact us by checking your service page here, or talking to us on live chat.


Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people, you can chat via their website between 12pm and 10pm through Monday to Friday or 6pm and 10 pm on Saturday or Sunday

Click the button below to visit their site

The Mix

If you're under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat.

Freephone 0808 808 4994 (13:00-23:00 daily) or visit their site using the button below


If you're under 19 you can call, email or even chat online with a counsellor about anything.

Freephone 0800 1111 or visit their site using the button below

Crisis Text Line UK

Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK for those experiencing a mental health crisis. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

Text SHOUT to 85258 

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