What is hopelessness?
One of the worst things about being a young person is having less influence or control over what is happening around you. Young people can experience hopelessness when they feel powerless to change their situation.
It is important to determine if the situation is really beyond your control or if you just believe it to be so.
What can I do if I am feeling hopeless?
Ask yourself, if you cannot help what is happening around you, what can you do to help yourself?
What you can do to help yourself will give you some feeling of control and power towards the first step of managing the situation.
First, perhaps you want to get help by talking to your parents or a trusted adult. If not addressed, hopelessness can lead to other emotional challenges. It is also important to remember that you cannot always control what happens to you, but you have full control of how you respond to the situation.