Children and young people's mental health helplines

NHS 

Children and young people's mental health services (CYPMHS)

Get help and support for problems like depression, anxiety, self-harm, stress, bullying, eating disorders or self-esteem.

ChildLine

Helpline:  0800 11 11

childline.org.uk

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people.  You can contact ChildLine in these ways:  You can phone  on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards.  You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small.  If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.  

Young Minds

Helpline: 0808 802 5544

youngminds.org.uk Parents' Information Service gives advice to parents or carers who may be concerned about the mental health or emotional wellbeing of a child or young person.

Kooth.com

kooth.com 

Kooth.com is an online counselling service that provides vulnerable young people, between the ages of 11 and 25, with advice and support for emotional or mental health problems.  Kooth.com offers users a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way to access help.  

Nip in the Bud

nipinthebud.org 

Nip in the Bud® was set up to encourage awareness about mental health disorders in young children. 

If left untreated, they could also develop into serious mental and physical health problems.  Our films illustrate the behaviours common in different conditions in children, along with explanations and information on how to follow up and get help.  The films are accompanied by downloadable fact sheets explaining the symptoms to look out for, to spot early signs of distress which may require further monitoring.

The Mix

Helpline: 0808 808 4994

themix.org.uk 

Depression

themix.org.uk/mental-health

Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all.  Because you can.  Because you’re awesome.  We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing.  We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out.

Papyrus

HOPELINEUK: 0800 068 4141

papyrus-uk.org 

I'm worried about someone Support for anyone under 35 experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Students Against Depression

studentdepression.org Developed in consultation with students who have been affected by depression, low mood or suicidal thoughts. Many of their stories and suggestions are included on the site.

Mental Health Apps

Breath, Think, Do with Sesame

Adorable monster de-stresses kids with Sesame Street style.  Kids may quickly make their way through the five scenarios, but each is worth revisiting, especially in the moment if kids are struggling with a particular problem. Don't miss the parent section, which is chock-full of free resources such as tips and strategies (including video clips to watch with kids), as well as options to personalize the encouraging audio messages kids hear when playing the app, which can be played in English or Spanish.  Age 4 plus. 

Dreamy Kid

Children have been showing signs of stress, technology-fatigue, and anxiety starting at younger ages. It is a science-based fact that only 10 minutes of meditation is a great life-tool to find inner-harmony and balance amid their busy lives. With DreamyKid, just play it as they fall asleep or awake. They will begin a life-long journey that will centre them with tools for all situations.

Stop Breath Think

Stop what you are doing. Check in with what you are thinking, and how you are feeling. Breathe Practice mindful breathing to create space between your thoughts, emotions and reactions.  Think Broaden your perspective and strengthen your force field of peace with personalized meditations and activities. 

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind offers a unique web and app-based tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives.  Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, mindfulness meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind.  Our programs are designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress and challenges of daily life. We offer programs for 7 - 9 years old, 10 - 12 years old, 13 - 15 years old and 16 - 18 years old.

Calm

Calm for Schools

#1 App for Mindfulness and MeditationCalm brings clarity, joy and peace to your daily life. Join the millions experiencing the life-changing benefits of meditation and mindfulnessReduce anxiety, sleep better and feel happier.

Headspace

headspace.com 

Headspace for kids 

Learn to meditate and live mindfully with hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress to sleep. Bite-sized meditations for busy schedules and SOS exercises in case of sudden meltdowns. Free trial then monthly or yearly subscription.

Clear Fear

clearfear.co.uk

Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity and uses the evidence-based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotionsPlease note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.