A-Z Mental Health

If you are struggling with your feelings or want to understand more about mental health conditions this page is for you! Use the information below to find out more about different mental health conditions or circumstances that may impact on your mental health; how to cope with your feelings and what support is available to you.



Abuse is when you are intentionally harmed. This may be by an adult or another young person and can be over a period of time or can be a one off occurrence. Abuse can either be physical, sexual or emotional and can happen in person or online.


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people’s behaviour. ADHD can make it hard for you to concentrate and feel like you have too much energy.

Anger and Behaviour

Everybody can feel angry sometimes, often when you feel frustrated or unfairly treated. Anger can start to become a problem when it gets out of control and harms you or the people around you.


Anxiety is a very common feeling of fear or panic which often happens when we face stressful situations. It can start to have a negative impact on your life when you feel worried or panicky for a long time or it is getting more severe


Autism is a developmental condition that can affect people in different ways. It often impacts how you see the world and how you interact with other people.


Bullying is a behaviour that hurts someone else. You are a victim or bullying when a person or a group of people intentionally try to hurt you physically and/or mentally.

Who you can speak to...

Across Bolton there are lots of services that can help support you, your friends’ and your families’ mental health and emotional wellbeing. Take a look at our directory to find out


Depression often develops alongside anxiety and is when negative emotions last a long time or feel very severe.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses which are often as a result of coping with difficult situations. There are lots of different types of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and avoidant/restricted food intake disorder.

Gender Identity and Sexuality

Gender identity is how you describe your gender and want others to refer to you. Your sexuality is the way you describe the sexual, emotional and physical feelings you have towards another person.

Grief and Loss

Grief is an emotional response to losing someone you knew such as the death of a family member, friend or pet or the loss of a relationship, like parents separating or a friend moving away.


When you feel like no one understands what you are going through or what you’re feeling it can be very isolating and frustrating. Remember you are important and your feelings matter.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder features a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears that lead you to do repetitive behaviours which can interfere with daily activities and cause distress.

Online Safety

Having a mobile phone and going online is great for lots of reasons but it’s important to be aware of the dangers too.

Panic and Phobias

Panic is an intense and over powering feeling of fear or anxiety which occurs when we face stressful situations. A phobia is an extreme fear of an object, person, animal, activity, place, feeling or situation.
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Psychosis is a condition that affects the way your brain processes information. It involves seeing, hearing or feeling something that isn’t really there.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can happen if you have experienced or seen something happen that was very traumatic and frightening


Self-harm is when you hurt yourself on purpose to relieve feelings of distress. If you self-harm, you might be dealing with lots of intense thoughts and feelings and hurting yourself feels like the only way to let those feelings out

Sleep Difficulties

Sleep disorders are conditions that result in changes in the way that you sleep. A sleep disorder can affect your overall health, safety and quality of life.
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Stress is your body’s reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. It is very common but too much stress can affect your mood, your body and relationships – especially when it feels out of your control.

Substance Misuse

Drugs are substances which can cause a big change in your body when you take them. Whilst some drugs such as medicines can help you feel better, there are also lots of illegal drugs that can have a negative effect on your physical and mental wellbeing.

Suicidal Thoughts

It is a normal part of life to feel down and sad sometimes but if those feelings have become very deep and intense, and you don’t know what to do about them, you might think the only solution in to end your life. But there is hope for you… and you can get through this.

Tics and Tourettes

Tourette’s is a condition that affects a someones central nervous system and causes tics. Tics are movements or sounds that a person can’t control and that are repeated over and over.