National helplines for adults and children:
(Please click on the title to follow the link to the website)
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. 08001111
This charity works against child abuse. A helpline is staffed by trained professionals who can provide expert advice and support for anyone concerned about a child, for parents or carers looking for advice, or for professionals in need of information and guidance – 0808 800 5000.
The NSPCC have also launched a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance – 0800 136 663.
A confidential helpline which offers support and advice to those in emotional distress. - 116 123
Young Minds Parentline
Offers information and advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under the age of 25. Call us for free on 0808 802 5544 from 9:30am – 4pm, Mon – Fri.
General mental health advice and support:
Action for Children
Provide practical and emotional care and support for children, young people and their parents/carers; ensure children and young people’s voices are heard; and campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives.
A safe community to support your mental health 24/7
The Campaign against Living Miserably aims to reduce suicide rates among young men in the UK. Helpline 0800 585858
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.
MeeToo app provides free mental help support to 99% young people in the UK who have a smartphone.
Providing peer to peer mentoring services for young people across the UK.
Live chat and email support for children and young people experiencing anxiety.
Helpline for young people who suffer from panic attacks, OCD, phobias, and other related anxiety disorders (0330 606 1174).
Offers information about bipolar disorder, an online community, and a peer support line.
Advice and support for dealing with bullying.
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.
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.
The NSPCC/Net Aware have worked on a brand new SEND Online Safety Hub. They have partnered with Ambitious About Autism to bring online safety tips, advice and activities specifically for parents and carers of children with SEND: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/send-online-safety-hub/
Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people across Britain.
Mermaids supports gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care.
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.
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.
A guide to meditation and stress relief
An award winning app for young peoples wellbeing.
Supporting children and young people with their gender identity
The Proud Trust
Resources and information to help improve the lives of LGBT+ young people
A charity established to increase the understanding of gender diversity and improve trans people’s quality of life