Children & Young People

Mental Health

This page will provide you with some useful links and resources on Mental Health.

Websites aimed at supporting children and young people
www.bigwhitewall.com
16+ online supportive community

www.listeningears.org
Young women aged 13-19 years

http://www.nhsgo.uk/
Health information and advice for young people in London

http://m.talktofrank.com/
Info about substances/drugs

www.youngminds.org
Information and advice

https://kooth.com/
Online counselling available depending on the location of the parent/young person

www.mind.org.uk
MIND

www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/parentsandyouthinfo/resources.aspx
Royal College of Psychiatrists info, suggested reading and websites in the young people’s section

www.childline.org.uk
Child line

http://www.docready.org
Helps you get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health

http://www.headscapegreenwich.co.uk / http://www.headscapebexley.co.uk
Developed by Oxleas for young people who live in Greenwich or Bexley. If you live outside these areas, you may still use the website, but certain features will not be available to you.

https://www.cwmt.org.uk/resources
Resources for schools, young people and parents on depression

www.samaritans.org
Samaritans accept calls from all ages and provide a young people's emotional health resource

www.themix.org.uk/
Offers support to young people under 25

https://www.headspace.com/
Teaches the essentials of meditation and mindfulness.

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/
Specifically for anxiety

www.nshn.org.uk/downloads
Specifically for self-harm

https://papyrus-uk.org/
specifically for suicide prevention, you can also call Hopeline UK on 0800 068 4141 or text 07786 209 697

https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/
support specifically for transgender and gender diverse young people

https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/
specifically for eating disorders

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/about-us/what-are-we-doing/children-and-young-people

http://www.rethink.org/living-with-mental-illness/young-people

http://www.thesite.org/

http://www.supportline.org.uk/

http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/children-and-young-people/useful-contacts/

https://www.afcinfo.org.uk/pages/young-people/information-and-advice/looking-after-yourself/emotional-health-service

Helping others
http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helping-someone-else/

http://www.rethink.org/living-with-mental-illness/young-people/supporting-a-friend-or-relative-with-their-mental-health

Medicines info
www.headmeds.org.uk/
HeadMeds is from Young Minds and is for young people to help make choices about medicines

www.medicinesforchildren.org.uk/
Medicines for children

www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-information-0
Great Ormond Street website with useful info

Mental Health Conditions
Information on what is OCD: http://www.ocduk.org/sites/default/files/young-peoples-booklet.pdf

Videos
Mind video ‘I had a black dog, his name was depression’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBjl7yqLWOw

Mind video ‘talking about depression’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m82jEQXRurg#t=61

NHS website, time to change video ‘the stand up kid’: http://www.nhs.uk/video/pages/the-stand-up-kid.aspx?searchtype=video

Time to change ‘take 5 on time to talk day’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5EvbjiaCcw

Books:
Books on Prescription
- books chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out for free. The scheme is available in 98% of English library authorities. Please visit this website for more info: https://reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/young-people-mental-%20health

  • Stuff That Sucks: A Teen's Guide to Accepting What You Can't Change and Committing to What You Can (The Instant Help Solutions Series) - Ben Sedley PhD
  • My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic - Michael A. Tompkins, Katherine A. Martinez, Michael Sloan
  • Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, and Panic - Jennifer Shannon
  • The Truth About Self-Harm: For Young People and Their Friends and Families: 2016 - Celia Richardson

 

Booklets/posters

 

Apps:

  • Headspace - mindfulness app with first 10 sessions offered for free
  • Stay Alive - suicide prevention app with helpful tools and info
  • Talk Life - an online peer-to-peer support network for age 16+
  • WellMind - NHS app that helps with stress, anxiety and depression
  • Pacifica - tracks mood / health behaviour and provides helpful tools
  • Catch It - helps notice feelings and challenge thoughts
  • Calm Harm - provides distractions to manage the urge to self-harm
  • MoodPath - asks daily questions to help awareness of thoughts

Case Studies/blogs
http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/category/blog/young-people

Mythbusting

Time to change, myths and facts: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-statistics-facts

Tips

http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/talk-about-mental-health/telling-someone-about-your-mental-health-problem

Glossary of terms
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_children_young_people/a_guide_to_mental_health_services/glossary