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Stress in youth & teens

Stressed youthStress is a part of life, you can't avoid it. Throughout life good and bad things happen. If you know some ways of managing stress well, you are more likely to stay on track and not get fooled into ways of coping that don't really help, and can actually pull you down.

There are some great websites around with heaps of advice and support for managing life stress. Bounce is a New Zealand site for young people, run by young people and has lots of tips, ideas and inspirations for living your life well. And Reachout is an Australian site that has just about everything you might want to know about.

Remember, your teens is a time of huge change for you. Your mind and body are changing and developing all the time, and it's normal to feel overwhelmed at times.

If you are struggling to cope with stuff and you don't feel you have anyone to talk to, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor (remember they have to keep your visit private and can't tell other people what you talk about). If that feels a bit full-on to start with, you could try one of these free phone counselling lines.

What's up

Freephone 0800-942-8787 to speak a counsellor for free, or chat online (Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 11 pm, weekends 3 pm to 11 pm).


Freephone 0800-37-66-33 (available 24/7), free txt 234 to speak to a counsellor.

Email any time. Counsellors try to respond to emails within 48 hours, so if you need help immediately it is better to phone, txt, or use the online chat.

  HealthInfo recommends the following pages

General stress

Exam stress

Information for parents and caregivers

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed March 2016. Last updated August 2018.

See also:

Reading in Mind book scheme

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