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Dealing with life's challenges

We all go through difficult times, and it can be a healthy reaction to feel negative emotions when facing challenges.

There's no single "right way" to react, and some of us are more deeply affected by events than others. Everyone is different.

Our genes, life experiences, upbringing and environment all affect our mental health and influence how we think and respond to situations. It can also depend on how well other parts of our life are going or how supported we feel.

Being aware of these factors may make it easier to understand when we, or someone we care about, are struggling.

Find out more about what can affect our mental health, as well as lots of things you can do and organisations that can help.