Dealing with change: Five top tips for coping with uncertain times

This article was last updated on 11 February 2021

Finding things tricky at the moment? When times are uncertain, it can feel very unsettling.

Check out the advice below for some tips on how to deal with change and uncertainty.

Five top tips

Normalise don't minimise: Acknowledge that things are changing. Even positive change can cause feelings of anger, loss and sadness, before we are able to look forward with hope and purpose. These are normal feelings to have in a very abnormal situation.
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Advice from Becky Wilkinson-Quinn, Clinical Lead (Scotland & Wales) at children’s mental health charity Place2Be.

If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you're in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Shout 85258. It's a free, 24/7 text messenger support service for anyone in the UK. Text the word “SHOUT” to 85258 to start a conversation.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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