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Updated : August 1, 2022 2 mins read


Updated : August 1, 2022 2 mins read

It’s important to remember…

The information that we put together in these pages are for informational purposes and should never be used as medical advice or instead of advice given to you from a health professional.

If you have any concerns about your mental health then you should always speak to a mental health professional or your GP.

We do our very best to put together information that gives you a good understanding of mental health issues and what can help but it is not intended as medical advice and we do not take responsibility that it is accurate or up to date at the time of reading.

Stress is a physical and emotional response to external triggers.

Many different things can cause stress, and we may all react differently. There are two types of stress, acute (quick and sudden) and chronic (long and slow).

We can all experience acute stress on a daily basis. Typical acute stress triggers may be an unexpected situation, having to speak in public, running late to an appointment or needing to have a difficult chat with our friends. There are many things that can cause us stress, and it’s important to know that this is normal.

For Armed Forces Children and Young People, acute stress may be triggered by the following:

  • Moving home at short notice
  • Moving school
  • Starting a new school
  • Changes in routines
  • Not being able to speak to deployed parent

Chronic stress, whilst slightly different from acute stress can be caused by the same triggers. Chronic stress is usually caused by experiencing several acute stress triggers over a short period of time. Chronic stress can also be caused by a single acute trigger that doesn’t get resolved quickly. Many people may experience chronic stress throughout their lives, and this type of stress can cause burnout.

Armed Forces Children and Young People may experience chronic stress for the following reasons:

  • Exam period
  • Intense studying
  • Concerns about deployed parents
  • Deployed parent returning home
  • Moving home and school at the same time
  • Serving parent’s transition to veteran

As Armed Forces Children and Young People, we can often go through extended periods of stress which can have an impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Whilst stress is normal, and unfortunately, we can’t avoid all forms of stress, there are things we can do to make it better.

Get Help now

If you are concerned about your mental health, or if you have found yourself feeling concerned about someone else, you can:

Call 111 – NHS 24

Call 116 123 – The Samaritans

Call 0800 83 85 87 – Breathing Space

Text: ‘YM’ to 85258 – Young Minds crisis chat

If you think you are in danger of hurting yourself or other people, you should call 999 or present to your local A&E department.