Managing Emotions

Resources that can help you if you are feeling worried, sad or angry.

Managing Emotions

Life has changed a lot and this can be overwhelming. You might be worrying about yourself, your family and friends. Below are links to resources that can help you if you are feeling worried, sad or angry.

Healthy eating, sleep and exercise can all help with managing your emotions. Having a routine and talking to someone can also help so check out the staying healthy, creating a routine and staying connected pages too.

Online Resources to Support your Mental Health

Ayemind is aimed at improving the mental wellbeing of young people. Includes resources for young people and professionals. Ayemind also signposts to lots of other useful websites.





Childline is a mental health charity for children and young people that has a wide variety of helpful videos, games and articles. They have a free telephone helpline (0800 1111). They have message boards where young people can share experiences and support each other.

If you need support in crisis then you can contact any of the charities below:

Young Minds Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 mental health crisis support across the UK. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.



Papyrus is a mental health charity dedicated to preventing young suicide by providing support and resources for young people and their families. The “Hopeline” (Call: 0800 068 4141 / Text: 07860 039 967 / E-mail [email protected]) is for children and young people experiencing thoughts of suicide, or for anyone concerned for a young person.


Kooth is a free mental health support from online counsellors. A free sign up service with discussion boards, helpful tips, articles written by young people, and the option to write mood journals and set positive goals.

Reach offers advice for pupils dealing with all sorts of issues, including being bullied; changing and leaving school, struggling with difficulties at home; feeling low or anxious: finding it hard to access learning and take part at school; being care experienced, and much more.




TalkTime Scotland aims to help physically disabled young people to reach their potential and to improve their mental well-being and that of their families.

They support disabled people aged between 12 and 25 through weekly one-to-one counselling sessions with qualified professionals. This can be face-to-face, by video link or by telephone.




Young Minds provides a range of mental health help and advice for young people. This charity also encourages young people to get involved in raising awareness about children and young people’s mental health.



Young Scot - It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and scared by everything you’re hearing about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) right now. Find out more about what's happening and the simple steps you can take to stay healthy. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community.

Young Scot also have a new campaign called Aye Feel where you can find information about how to look after your emotional wellbeing, support from organisations around Scotland and tips on how to promote a positive mindset.

Check out the #AyeFeel tag on social media for the latest updates.


Apps to Help you Manage Stress, Worry and Anxiety

Calm - A mindfulness app that includes various relaxing sounds to listen to, visualisations to help relaxations, “sleep stories”, and guided meditations.


Calm Harm - An app to help teenagers manage or resist the urge to self-harm by providing a wide range of distraction techniques.


Chill Panda is free app is for children and adults who want to learn how to manage stress and worry, and feel better.


Clear Fear is a free app that aims to help children and teenagers manage anxiety. The app helps to reduce physical responses to threat and change thoughts and behaviours through distraction and helpful activities.


Cove is an app helps people to capture their mood and express it by making music. Note: you do not need to know how to play an instrument to use this app.


Safespot is an app designed in Glasgow to help young people improve their coping skills and promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

Smiling Mind is a free app for encouraging mindfulness, meditation and positive wellbeing.


Stop Breathe and Think is a guided Meditation and Mindfulness app for children aged 5-10.


For more resources check out the Specialist Children's Services webpage.

Other Resources

Dave the Dog is Worried About Coronavirus

A book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.

With everything that is going on at the moment; big changes to children’s routines and lots of stories on the news it can be a really scary time for children.

This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner.


This short book was created to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. It is recommended to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. 

Click here for versions in other languages


When Your Parent Is A Key Worker

When Your Parent Is A Key Worker advice from the British Psychology Society for children and young people during the Coronavirus. If one or both of your parents is a key worker, this booklet will help you understand some of the changes that have happened because of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Time Capsule

Create your own COVID-19 Time Capsule - a free downloadable activity created by Natalie Long of LONG Creations who decided that it would be fun to make a little time capsule of this life event we are all living through. Why not have a go at making your own time capsule with your family, the resource includes:


  • Draw Family Picture
  • All About Me
  • How I'm Feeling
  • My Community
  • What I Am Doing At Home
  • Handprint Page
  • Special Occasion
  • Letter To Myself
  • Interview Your Household
  • Letter From Your Household

Available for free download for both children and adults:

My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule (for children)

My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule (for adults)

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