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Explains what stress is, what might cause it and how it can affect you. Includes information about ways you can help yourself and how to get support.
If someone you're close to is feeling stressed there are lots of practical things you can do to support them – even though you probably can't change the situation they're in.
"[My friends can help by] making me a cup of tea, holding me while I cry, making me laugh..."
"Not putting extra pressure on me... letting me know they're there but that I don't have to do anything."
"[When I'm stressed I need friends to] hug me. It's amazing how good a single hug can feel."
"[I want them to] understand that I may be irritable but I don't mean to hurt them in any way."
This information was published in November 2017. We will revise it in 2020.
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