Feeling well

​Feeling well is important for all of us. But what affects how we feel?

​You, and every child and young person, has a right to feel well. To feel safe at home and in school. You have a right to be taken seriously and to be listened to.

A study of young people showed that the things most important for feeling well were:

  • That things were good in the family.
  • That they had friends to spend time with.
  • That they had something to do in their free time.
  • That they had time to be by themselves.

Other important feel-good factors included that things were good at school, doing exercise, being healthy and being happy with the way one looked.

What do you do to feel good? Do you need to turn to someone for help?

On the right are some links about feeling well and also about not feeling well, and how to get help. 

BUP (Barn- och ungdomspsykiatrin, child and youth psychiatric services)

BUP looks after those children and young people who have the greatest need of psychiatric support or care. They receive young people up to the age of 18; if you're older you turn to adult psychiatric services.

The most common problem among young people who turn to BUP is difficulties in family relationships. Contacts and conflicts between friends in school and during free time are also fairly common problems. It is also common for young people with concentration difficulties to contact BUP and receive help. Some children and young people have had frightening experiences which can affect them to the extent that they have difficulties handling everyday life.

Many who come to BUP suffer from anxiety or depression. This may involve problems such as eating disorders or self-harm. Some children and young people have tried to commit suicide or frequently think about it.

The most common treatment method at BUP is counselling of various kinds. Counselling sessions can help open up new perspectives on difficulties. For many young people, a few counselling sessions are enough.

There is no charge for seeking help at BUP, and the staff are obliged to treat information about you confidentially.

Youth counselling centre

You can turn to the youth counselling centre from the time you are 12 or 13 years old until you are between 20 and 25 – the age range varies between different centres.

Common reasons for turning to youth counselling centres are:

  • needing someone to talk to
  • having questions about sex
  • having questions about relationships
  • feeling worried about something or feeling depressed or stressed
  • having problems with food and eating
  • wanting help to protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases
  • wanting help in preventing pregnancy
  • wanting to test for sexually transmitted diseases
  • wanting a pregnancy test
  • needing emergency contraceptive pills
  • having questions about your body

Going to the youth counselling centre is normally free of charge, but sometimes you have to pay just as you do for a visit to the health centre. Staff at the youth counselling centre are obliged to treat information about you confidentially.

Here you can find the nearest centre by typing in your location.

You have a right to feel well

The Child Convention

Your rights

Talk to someone 

BUP – Child and youth psychiatry services


About BUP on 1177

When can you get help from BUP?

It is easiest to phone the nearest BUP centre.

The nearest BUP centre

Many centres have telephone counselling. That means you get to speak to a counsellor. Sometimes telephone counselling can be sufficient support, and other times you need more help. The counsellor will be able to judge whether BUP can help you with your problem. If so you can make an appointment. Otherwise you will be advised to seek help from school health care, the social services, family counselling services or a youth counselling centre.

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