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Identity

What is identity?

Your identity is the unique things about you that make you, you. It’s good to be different because if we were all the same, the world would be boring! It’s easy to think that everyone else knows exactly who they are and feels like they fit in but even the most talented and successful people sometimes feel different and unsure. If you chat to your friends and family, you’ll find that most people feel different in some way at some point in their lives, especially while growing up.

People can feel different for many reasons, for example their skin colour, religion, being gay or transgender, or just feeling like they don’t fit in. Feeling different from people around you, can be lonely or make you worry but it can also make you proud and confident. You may find it helpful to talk to someone about this – whether this is with an adult you trust or maybe even a professional

Your right to be you is protected by law

Some things that might make you feel different, like being gay, transgender or having a disability, are called protected characteristics, and The Equality Act 2010 is a law that protects people with protected characteristics from discrimination (i.e. being treated unfairly for being different).

Here’s a list of different issues that young people sometimes have questions or concerns about, and some helpful websites where you can find out more.

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Related Topics

Here are some related mental health topics

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Bullying

Bullying is repeated behaviour intended to hurt someone emotionally or physically. Bullying is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.

Self Harm

Self-harm, or self-injury, describes a wide range of things people deliberately do to themselves that appear to cause some kind of physical hurt. It can be very hard for parents and carers to know about - or witness - self-harming behaviour in their children.

Mental Health

It’s OK not to feel OK.

Just like our physical fitness, we need to look after our mental health to feel good. When you’re not feeling OK, it’s ok to talk about this and ask for help.

Body Image

Body Image

Body image is how we think and feel about ourselves physically, and how we believe others see us. There are lots of different ways we can think about our bodies and the way we look. For example, sometimes you might like parts of your body and be happy with how you look.