If you feel like you need to cry, that’s perfectly okay – expressing your emotions through crying can be very soothing and feels much better than hiding them away or pretending you’re okay when you’re not. There is nothing wrong with crying; it’s a natural human response to a wide range of emotions, including happiness and sadness.

For some people, there is still a lot of stigma around crying, so if you or someone you know starts crying then it’s important to remember that it is never a sign of weakness. In fact, it might be a sign that you or they try to cope with a lot of stuff, and that some extra support might be needed. Boys and men in particular are often affected by this stigma and feel extra pressure to be seen as tough rather than as emotional.

For a powerful reminder that boys do cry, and that it’s totally natural when they do, check out this Huffington Post Boys Do Cry video: TW (Trigger warning):mention of suicide.

There isn’t much academic research in the area of self-care for young people who are living with mental health issues. We are trying to find out more about what works for different people so we can better advise other young people what to try.

If you’ve tried this activity when you were struggling in relation to your mental health, please let us know if it helped you and how by clicking on the ‘Did this activity help you’ button.

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