Emotional health can be a problem at any age – for children, youth, adults and Elders. People notice emotional problems in others but may ignore their own feelings. We may not know what to do when we feel angry, depressed, lonely, stressed or even suicidal. But there is always something that can be done, and someone who can help.


Children:  Some children talk about their feelings.  Other children get moody and don’t communicate or misbehave a lot.   If a child’s moods don’t last too long, and they seem to be okay with everyday life, there's probably nothing to worry about.  But sometimes emotional problems come up, and if nothing is done, serious mental and emotional health problems may be the result. Children and young people are very sensitive to what goes on around them and, without the right support, they can become stressed, depressed and very unhappy.

Youth:  Good emotional health should be a part of all young people’s lives. Part of the problem is that as children grow older they often have less self-confidence rather than more.  There are pressures that small children don’t have.  School problems can affect their emotional health. Bullying at school or on the Internet are serious problems and affect a young person’s emotional health. Boyfriend and girlfriend problems may feel like the end of a young person’s world. Young people who have good relationships with their parents usually do better. It is  important for parents to regularly take time to talk with their children about what's going on in their lives and about things that are important to them.

Adults:  Many adults feel pressured by their jobs, other adults and family life.  With home, work, family and children problems it can feel like too much.  It's hard to feel in control or balanced with all of the pressures.

Lots of problems come and go.  But if the problems don’t go away they can affect how we feel about ourselves and it may be time to ask for help.  Feeling depressed, stressed all the time or thinking about suicide isn’t normal. 

Problems can also come from drinking alcohol or using drugs.   One out of every four people will have mental health issues at some time in their life.  At least one out of every ten people will abuse alcohol or drugs.  You don’t need to face this alone.  Help is available. There is almost always something that can be done.