Mental Wellbeing for Young People

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Please note: none of the support groups listed below offer emergency crisis support.

If you are at all concerned for the health of yourself, friend or relative and need immediate help,

please use one of these services:

In an emergency:

Call 999

Go to your local A&E department

If you or someone you know is in crisis:

Contact The Samaritans or call 116 123 (free to call from within the UK and Ireland), 24 hours a day

Use the Shout crisis text line: text SHOUT to 85258


Samaritans works to make sure there is always someone there for anyone who needs someone. You can chat with them over the phone or online – talk to one of their listening volunteers using their web chat service.

They are here to listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what’s on your mind.

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.

Their vision is to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

They offer a range of support services and are a great place to start when looking for ways to improve your own mental wellbeing.

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

You may have been told you are being referred to CAMHS which may be a bit confusing.  It is simply the name for the NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health challenges.

The charity Young Minds have put together some information to explain what this might mean for you, and to help you to understand what people are trying to do to support you.  I may answer some of the questions you may have, following a meeting at school or college with your teachers and parents/carers.

Over The Wall

Over The Wall is a UK based charity for children and young people with health challenges and disabilities to discover a world of mischief and magic. They provide a safe place to step outside of comfort zones, establish friendships and build confidence through meaningful and exciting activities.

The Mix was specifically established to provide free confidential support for those under the age of 25.

It provides advice and tips over a range of areas, including mental health, relationships, lifestyle living and more.  It’s definitely worth checking out…

Spark UK is a mental health organisation run by young people for young people.

Their aim is to ‘Spark conversations around mental health’ by creating a range of resources, campaigns and lessons for schools and young people across the country. All the team are aged between 14-18 and based in North Devon, UK.

Mental Health UK deliver two programs, UK-wide, designed to help equip 14-18 year olds with the tools and knowledge to support their mental health through life’s transitions, both now and in the future.

Bloom is a free UK-wide programme which supports young people’s mental health resilience. The programme equips young people with the tools and knowledge to maintain their mental health through life’s transitions, both now and in the future.

Your Resilience is a free UK-wide programme that supports young people’s mental health resilience. It is focused on building resilience through life’s transitions in 14–18 year olds, equipping them with the tools and resources to manage their mental health now and in the future.

My Mental Health offers services for young people to support their mental health. They aim to help young people build their confidence, understand their mental health and how to get help.

Their services range from the likes of one-to-one and group counselling to play and art therapy.

Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness are a registered charity and a movement of people taking action to create a happier and kinder world, together.  They offer a range of resources ranging from leaflets, podcasts, books and blogs from professional doctors and psychologists on how to maximise happiness and wellbeing in your life.

The Resilient Living Educational Series is an opportunity for members of the FOP community to come together to learn about ways to incorporate habits that support their mental and physical well-being in their day-to-day living.

This is a series of webinars and activities to support those living with FOP develop their own resilience.  Read more: Resilient Living Program

Download 10 Top Tips for Resilient Living

Changing Faces is a registered charity that offers support to those living with a visible difference – such as a scar, mark or condition on their face or body.

They offer support on how to maintain good mental health and wellbeing, how to gain confidence, how to deal with others’ reactions, and more.

On My Mind aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing. Their services and resources have been co-produced by young people to help other young people.

They provide clinical support and services for young people as well as resources for parents and carers as well.

Stem4 is promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them.

This includes providing support and guidance for their families and carers, education professionals, as well as school nurses and GPs through the provision of mental health education, resilience strategies and early intervention.

Support is primarily provided digitally through their innovative education programme, pioneering mental health apps, clinically-informed website and mental health conferences that contribute to helping young people and those around them flourish.