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Understanding your brain

🤔 Have you noticed changes in your behaviour? 

🌙 Do you sleep more than you used to?

🤷‍♀️ Maybe you are doing things that seem like a good idea at the time, and then thinking 'Why did I do that?' 

See how the changes in your brain might explain some of the changes in your behaviour. Click the blue text to read about the changes happening in your brain, and teenagers and risk-taking.

The guides only take a few minutes to read and they might help you understand why you do, the things you do. 

If you want to go further, there is an online course for all teenagers in Barnsley called Understanding Your Brain, it's anonymous and FREE if you use the code TOWN SPIRIT, you can do it on your phone or tablet. Click here to get started.

Coping when parents argue

Parents argue sometimes, and it can make you feel upset or confused. But it's important to understand that their arguments don't mean you did something wrong. Let's find ways to cope and get support.

Others' Experiences:

You're not alone in feeling this way. Here's what other young people in Barnsley have said:

  • 😨 'It feels overwhelming and scary like I'm being asked to choose sides.'
  • 🤷‍♂️'[During my parents' arguments], I used to think, 'What have I done? Have I caused this?''
  • 🌑 'Sometimes, not knowing what's going on can make you feel left in the dark.'
  • 💔 'My parents used to speak bad about each other to me, making me feel awful.'

If you need support, here are some things you can do:

Emergency Situations: If you ever feel unsafe during your parents' arguments or think someone might be in danger, call 999.

Talk to a Trusted Adult: If you need more support, talk to a grown-up you trust. It could be someone at school, a professional working with your family, or a relative who will listen.

Download the Building Stronger Relationships Booklet. It helps you understand your feelings and dreams for the future. 

Reach out to the AFC messaging service. If you're feeling overwhelmed, you can text AFC to 85258. Trained volunteers are available 24/7 to help with things like anxiety, panic attacks, bullying, and depression. You could also contact Childline on 0800 1111. They're there to talk about anything that's on your mind.

IDAS Support

Teenage pregnancy support

Finding out you're pregnant when you're a teenager can be daunting, especially if the pregnancy was not planned. But help and support is available.

Find out more: 

NHS Teenage pregnancy support 

Care Leavers

Barnsley's Local Offer for care leavers gives advice about the extra help and support that BMBC, and our partners, will provide to you as a care leaver.

Find out more 

💻 Leaving care BMBC