Support and resources
This is a lovely resource for parents/carers from the Jigsaw Families Programme. There are original stories and accompanying Calm Me Times, both on audio file and both with suggested learning activities (age 5+).
National helplines for adults and children
A place a child or young person can talk to someone about something they are worried about. They can do this online or over the phone. (call 08001111)
This charity works against child abuse - a helpline is available for parents or other adults concerned about a child (0808 8025544).
A confidential helpline which offers support and advice to those in emotional distress. (call 116 123)
Young Minds Parentline Offers information and advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under the age of 25. (call 0808 802 5544)
Charity working to prevent young suicide with a helpline for those worried about themselves or someone they know (call 0800 068 4141; text 0778 620 9697).
General mental health advice and support:
Big White Wall
Online counselling service for young people aged 16+.
The Campaign against Living Miserably aims to reduce suicide rates among young men in the UK.
Prepares young people for their first visit to their GP to talk about their mental health.
Support and signposting for young people under the age of 25. Telephone, email, text and web chat support.
Online counselling and support for children and young people.
National mental health charity providing information and advice.
Information on mental health, as well as telephone, email and text support. Includes an online forum for over-18s.
Mental health information and support for the under-25s.
Time to Change
Personal stories from young people about why mental health matters.
The Youth Wellbeing Directory
Online resource for families and young people up to the age of 24 listing local mental health services in their area.
Support for specific concerns:
Helpline for young people who suffer from panic attacks, OCD, phobias, and other related anxiety disorders (call 0330 606 1174).
Offers information about bipolar disorder, an online community, and a peer support line.
Advice and support for dealing with bullying.
Scotland's anti-bullying service working with adults involved in the lives of children and young people to give them the practical skills and confidence to deal with children who are bullied and those who bully others.
Top Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying
This is a free resource that brings attention to cyberbullying and how to prevent it from happening.
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Includes information for children and young people on how to recognise the signs of depression.
My CAMHS Choice
Information and support for young people who have been referred to the CAMHS system.
Students Against Depression
Information, advice and real-life stories for university students struggling with depression.
Drugs and alcohol
Information about drug and alcohol problems.
Information and support for children and young people affected by a parent’s alcohol use.
Beat Eating Disorders
Helplines, online support and self-help groups on all types of eating disorder.
Resources for young people who hear, see and sense things that others don’t. Support for parents is also offered.
Information for young people around medication, mental health and life.
Information and support on OCD, including online support forums.
Information and support on self-harm in children and young people.
National Self-Harm Network
A forum providing crisis support, resources and advice on dealing with self-harm.
Recover Your Life
Information and support around self-harm. Includes forums, online chat, open 24/7.
Self Harm UK
Information for parents and professionals on self-harming behaviour.
Apps/Tools for Children and Young People
Problem-solving tool aimed at students.
An app to help young people through the ups and downs of life; it suggests activities to help based on how you rank your mood.
Female Puberty This guide will outline the key problems, what’s being done, and how period poverty can be eradicated for good.
Mindshift Specifically for young people to help them manage their anxiety. There are lots of tools, techniques and advice.
Half moodtracker, half social network. It allows children and young people to choose whether to keep their mood private or share it publicly for support from other Mood Panda users.
A mood tracking tool; the basic features are free but you have to pay for more in-depth features.
An app as well as an online resource which helps children and young people monitor and understand their emotional wellbeing.
Games that have been clinically proven to reduce stress.
Self-help tool for children and young people suffering from eating disorders.
SAM (Self-Help for Anxiety Management)
Help with anxiety management which includes interactive games and tools, and an anxiety tracker.
Stop, Breathe and Think
Guide to meditation which recommends certain meditations based on how you’re feeling.