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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Tom

“We moved house last year and I started at a new school. It wasn’t easy to make friends at first and I got picked on a bit. School went right downhill and I got into a few fights. One of the teaching assistants told me about a football team near where I live. I’ve met other young people and made some friends. My confidence has got better and I get less angry now. I go to training every week and last week I got the winning goal.”

Sarah

“It’s been a tough time. We had family problems and then I had exams on top. I started to get really stressed out, couldn’t relax at night or concentrate at school. Sometimes I found myself just bursting into tears. I’ve been talking to the woman at school and starting running helped me to get some space for myself. I’ve really improved in how far I can go, but mostly I run because I enjoy it. It’s given me my energy back. My sleep has got better and I don’t feel so depressed any more. A friend has asked if she can run with me sometimes. I’m kind of ready for that now.”