Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults, and so it is vital we offer advice and guidance for our young people and their families. Please click on the links for more information:
It’s up to you to decide what helps. If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t, stop and try something else. These activities are not a substitute for seeing a mental health professional. Sometimes we need outside help and advice. Getting help is good. No-one should feel bad about it. That’s what this site is about.
Kooth provides online mental health and well being support to young people via any internet accessible device. Kooth provides an opportunity to interact in a supportive way with other young people as well as receive support from a qualified counsellor.
We have devised this support card which contains contact numbers and details for charities that can offer you or someone you know support when they need it most. YoungMinds have provided us with some top tips also:
Keep it in perspective
Don't bottle your feelings up
Use your time well
Take time for yourself
Make adjustments to suit you
Mental Health Awareness Week - Monday 9 May to Sunday 15 May 2022
Mental Health Awareness Week is led by the Mental Health Foundation who have set the theme of Together we can tackle loneliness, raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it. We are encouraging our students to ‘never feel alone’ by connecting with others and using the numerous sources of support available to them, including chat health, health for teens and the new school health drop-ins. I am sharing a guide from the Mental Health Foundation which gives advice about identifying signs of loneliness and further sources of support available.
Please see the guide below for more information
Useful Links for Young People
Young Minds: Is a charity that champions the wellbeing and health of young people. Their services range from self help advice (https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/, signposting to specialist services (link to the page), a parental help line and online advice (https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/) . 08088025544
They also offer links for young people in crisis (link to the page).
Anna Freud This website offers ideas and advice about how a young person can help themselves. It offers a list of strategies for young people to use to manage their wellbeing.
42nd Street – 42nd Street is an innovative young people’s mental health charity in Greater Manchester with 38 years’ experience of providing free and confidential services for people who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Their aim is to support young people aged 11-25 years and to promote choice and creativity: https://www.42ndstreet.org.uk/about-us.html
Emerge - Emerge is a stand-alone CAMHS service which focuses on the specific needs of 16 to 18-year olds with moderate to severe mental health problems. The team will accept routine and urgent referrals. All accepted urgent referrals will be prioritised and assessed within two working days. 16 to 17-year-old young people presenting in emergency and / or in immediate crisis should attend their local Accident & Emergency Department where Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) will assess and liaise with Emerge as appropriate: https://mft.nhs.uk/rmch/camhs-manchester-16-17-community-mental-health-service/
CGL – Change Grow Live is a charity who are funded by councils and local authorities and are commissioned to provide services to people in need of support for a number of issues including Alcohol/Drugs/Housing/Mental wellbeing and Prison information. They also support with Children’s Rights, Family Issues, Justice and Health, Residential Rehab, Street Outreach and many other sensitive topics: https://www.changegrowlive.org/
ChatHealth is a way for young people to get advice and support around health related issues directly from the School Health Service. It is a safe and secure messaging service which protects confidentiality and anonymity and is monitored by a team of trained school nurses. Text 07507 330205. They have also a newly launched health for teens website, where young people can access to support their health. https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/manchester/
CAMHS – CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. CAMHS are the NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. CAMHS support covers depression, problems with food, self-harm, abuse, violence or anger, bipolar, schizophrenia and anxiety, to name a few. The link to find a service near you is: