Your Feelings and Staying Safe
How are you feeling?
Feelings can be difficult and hard to make sense of. You might not even know why you feel a certain way.
If you’ve been affected by a crime, there is no right or wrong way to feel and this is ok. We’re always here to talk.
You might feel different things or you might not feel anything at all to begin with. Remember everyone is different and crime affects everyone differently.
In your head and emotionally you may feel:
- Upset or angry;
- Frightened or anxious;
- Embarrassed and like you can’t tell anyone;
- Sad or depressed.
Your body might show signs you’ve been affected:
- Not being able to sleep or having nightmares;
- Not wanting to eat;
- Struggling to concentrate or listen;
- Headaches or being sick.
Things get better with time but if they don’t its still ok and we’re always here to support you.
Whatever you’re going through, we can support you.
If you think you need to report a crime, tell a parent, carer or adult you trust first.
- In an emergency call 999.
- If it is not an emergency, call 101.
Here are a few things you can do to stay safe:
- If you have to walk alone at night take extra care. Stay on roads that are well lit and relatively busy.
- Avoid short cuts that involve alleyways or walking across parks unless they are well-lit.
- If you are waiting for a bus or a train, stand in a well-lit area near other people. Once you are on board, try and sit near other people and make sure you know where the emergency alarms are.
- Don’t be afraid to change seats or carriages if you feel unsafe, even if it seems rude to do so.
- If you’re not making a call, make sure that your phone is hidden away.
- Let someone you trust know where you are and update them on where you will be or if you will be running late.
- Alcohol and drugs will reduce reaction times, which makes it harder to assess risks and decide how to deal with them. So keep an eye on how much you drink and never let your glass or bottle out of your sight.
- Find out more about making safer choices online and on social media.