Resources for young people who may be feeling upset, worried or concerned about recent news

You may have heard, read or seen some upsetting reports recently about what’s happening in other parts of the world, such as in the Middle East. If you’re a young person, you may also be feeling upset, worried, anxious, distressed, overwhelmed or concerned by these reports. It’s important to know that you are not alone. Your feelings matter and it’s okay to have these feelings.

That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of links and resources and other information to help you make sense of what’s happening in the world. We’ve also included some links to resources by some of the UK’s leading mental health charities.

information and advice from BBC Newsround

BBB Newsround has a page which provides information on what’s happening in the Middle East, as well as some easy-to-understand background to the conflict in this part of the world.

They also have a useful page for young people with advice if you are feeling upset by the news. They give you advice about what to do if you are feeling upset, including things like talking to a trusted adult about how you are feeling.

how to understand misinformation, disinformation and malinformation

Sometimes it might be difficult to know whether what you read, hear or see online is true or not. This handy video created by Shout Out UK helps to explain misinformation, disinformation and malinformation – what they are and the differences between them, as well as some examples.

looking for more advice about how you’re feeling?

There are several charities and organisations out there to help young people who are struggling with how they are feeling. See below to go directly to each charity’s support and advice content.

Young Minds have practical guides and advice that you can access on their website.

Mind has information on their website for young people aged 11-18 if you need help or support with how you are feeling.

The Mix has written a helpful blog with advice if the news is making you feel anxious.