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Feeling angry?

Anger is a normal emotion that everyone experiences. You can feel angry for lots of different reasons and sometimes you may not know why you feel angry. Learning to identify and manage your anger in a safe way will help ensure you don’t hurt yourself, others or the things around you.

Tips for when you start to feel angry

  • Talking to someone to put things in perspective
  • Listening to music
  • Taking slow, deep breaths
  • Going for a walk
  • Having a long, hot bath
  • Try meditation or yoga
  • Playing a high energy sport like football, cycling or running
  • Playing a computer game
  • Drawing, painting or writing in your diary to let out how you feel

It is impossible to never get angry. Remember that the way you act when you are angry can make what happens afterwards better or worse. Uncontrolled anger can be harmful, but you can learn to manage it.

Getting More Help

Talking to family and friends about your worries can help you feel more supported. You might want to talk to someone outside the family like a GP, teacher or mentor at school, or even a friend’s parent. Choose someone you trust and if you find it difficult to talk about how you are feeling, you could write them a letter or send them a text. Support is also available through Childline, Compass Phoenix and Recovery College Online.


Childline provides a free and confidential telephone service for children and young people up to the age of 19.

Visit Childline website Call 0800 1111


Compass Phoenix offers a confidential text messaging service, called BUZZ US, to young people aged 11-18 across North Yorkshire.

Visit Compass Phoenix website Call 07520 631168

Recovery College Online

The Recovery College Online provides a range of online educational courses and resources to people with mental illness.

Visit Recovery College Online website

Getting Urgent Help

If you’ve seriously injured yourself or taken an overdose call 999 or get immediate medical advice from NHS 111.

If you are in a crisis and feel like you can’t cope, speak to somebody straight away. Search below for help or see the Urgent Help page for contact details for the North Yorkshire single point of access Crisis Service.

Things you might find useful

Young Minds

Find out how anger affects the body and get ideas on ways to cope. Also, take a look at their guide for dealing with anger.

Visit Young Minds website

NHS Choices

Tips and advice on dealing with anger and details for who you can contact if you need further support.

Visit NHS website

Young Men's Health

Exploring anger and why it affects us the way it does, with tips on dealing with it.

Visit Young Men's Health website

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