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I'm unhappy about myself or my body

Too short?  Too tall?  Nose too big?  Don’t feel attractive or likeable? Body image or self-esteem issues are very common; most young people will go through times when they feel unhappy with their looks or themselves as a person. How's your self-esteem?  Take a quiz.

Is my anger out of control?

Does a rude comment make you punch someone in the face? Does a bad grade make you lash out at your teacher? Does missing the bus make you break things? Feeling angry can range from feeling mildly irritated to feeling intense rage. Everyone gets angry…

Mental wellbeing

Mental health is about how we think, feel and act. Just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.Good mental health can help you to think positively, feel confident and act calmly.If you have poor mental health, you might find…

Money and finances for Care Experienced Young People

Financial Support As a Care Experienced Young Person, you may be eligible for the following financial support: Up to £57.90 per week (the same as benefits) to cover food, clothes and travel if you are 16 or 17 and live in semi-independent accommodation. £2,250 a…

Participation Promise

Merton Children's Trust is keen to increase the participation of children and young people in the design and delivery of children's services, as well as developing ways to enable school councils and the youth parliament to link with, and impact upon, the adult democratic process.…

Preparation for Independence Programme for Care Experienced Young People

Care Experienced Young People can access Merton Council's Preparation for Independence Workshops, which cover topics including housing, finance and budgeting, education, employment and training, health and emotional wellbeing, and food preparation and cooking. Speak to your Personal Adviser if you are interested in taking part.…

Relationship Issues

Relationship issues come in all shapes and sizes. You may be struggling with friendship difficulties or have family troubles. You may have questions about love or sex. Perhaps you have recently lost someone you loved or Maybe you are experiencing abuse in a relationship with…

Relationship support for Care Experienced Young People

Merton Council wants to help you make the most of your relationships and become an active citizen. Your personal adviser will help you with: Maintaining or regaining contact with people special to you or who cared for you in the past, like former foster carers. Travel…

Self-Harm

Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves on purpose. This could be in the form of cutting, burning, developing an eating disorder, taking too many tablets, etc. Self-harm can be dangerous and is a sign that everything isn’t right. If you have self-harmed, or are thinking…

What are my Care Experienced Young Person's Needs Assessment and Pathway Plan?

As a Care Experienced Young Person, you will receive an assessment of the advice, assistance and support you will need when leaving care. This Needs Assessment will be used to inform your Pathway Plan. Your Pathway Plan will set out your goals and what the…
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