Mental Health

Useful Website Links

Below is a list of websites that can help keep a positive mental health and wellbeing

  • Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - Collaborative work to improve support for children, young people and their families. Includes information on Mentally Healthy Schools. 
  • CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide 
  • Childline - a free, private and confidential service for children under 19, where they can talk about anything.  
  • Epic Friends - Helping children and young people to help their friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally. 
  • Family Lives - Support for all aspects of family life that include all stages of a child’s development, issues with schools and parenting/relationship support. They also respond when life becomes more complicated and provide support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, teenage risky behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children. 
  • Gingerbread  - single parents can find relevant, up-to-date information to support single parent families. 
  • Kooth - Support for young people aged 11-25 from a team of highly qualified and experienced counsellors and support workers. Free, confidential, safe and anonymous.  
  • Mental Health Foundation - The Mental Health Foundation has been the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. With prevention at the heart of what they do, they aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive. 
  • Mind - Advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. 
  • MindEd  - A free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults. 
  • NHS/My Mind - A website for young people, parents, and professionals working with children and young people. Information about looking after mental health and help and support. 
  • NHS/Every Mind Matters - Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Ok Rehab - Specialises in addiction treatment via both inpatient and outpatient treatment providers.
  • Self Injury Support - focus on improving support and knowledge around self-injury  
  • Stem for Education - a charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them including 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. 
  • Student Minds - The UK’s student mental health charity. They empower students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. 
  • Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall) - An anonymous online community where members can support each other. For people with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues. 
  • The Children's Society - Resource Vault - Advice on a range of mental health issues for children and young people. 
  • The Mix - the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via our online community, on social, through our free, confidential helpline or our counselling service. 
  • Young Minds - the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. 

Mental Health Apps 

Below is a list of Apps that can help with a variety of issues

  • BlueIce is a prescribed evidence-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm. It includes a mood diary, a toolbox of evidence-based techniques to reduce distress and automatic routing to emergency numbers if urges to harm continue.   
  • Calm Harm is designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you wish. Progress can be tracked.  
  • Calm has meditation techniques to aid with stress and sleep. 
  • Check In helps take the fear out of having a conversation with a friend who might be struggling. 
  • Chill Panda helps children better understand their stress and shows them ways to feel better using breathing techniques, yoga, exercise and calming games 
  • Clear Fear provides you with a range of ways to manage anxiety.  
  • Combined Minds helps families and friends support young people with their mental health 
  • Cove Create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness and anger to help express how you feel. 
  • distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Led by experienced practising GP and other leading experts. The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention.  
  • Feeling Good Teens uses short audio tracks to help let go of worry, improve sleep, develop self-esteem, resilience and goal focused motivation – access is free using the username: coboost and password: coboost during this period.  
  • Happify turns the latest innovations in the science of happiness into activities and games that help you lead a more fulfilling life. 
  • HappiMe helps to raise self-esteem, self-confidence and happiness levels in children and young people  
  • Headspace acts as a personal guide to health and happiness. 
  • MeeTwo app provides a safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives. You can anonymously get advice from experts or other teenagers going through similar experiences in areas such as mental health, self-harming, relationships and friendships.  
  • Mindshift designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. 
  • MoodGym An online cognitive behaviour therapy program for depression and anxiety. 
  • MoodKit Uses CBT principles to help with low mood and anxiety. 
  • My 3 Help yourself and reach out to others if you are having thoughts of suicide. 
  • No OCD helps with those suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder. 
  • One Giant Mind for anyone who wants to feel less stressed, calmer and more present and experience greater health and well-being.  
  • Safespot aims to provide young people with access to coping strategies and resources to help better cope with difficult situations. 
  • SAM helps you understand and manage anxiety 
  • SilverCloud is an online course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression. You work through a series of topics selected by a therapist to address specific needs. The eight-week course is designed be completed in your own time and at your own pace.  
  • Sleepstation is free with a GP referral. It consists of a 6-week online course for people who struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep through the night. The course is tailored to your needs, using the information you provide, and gives you access to a team of sleep experts who will offer helpful advice and support throughout.  
  • Smiling Mind is a meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life. 
  • Stay alive app is a pocket suicide prevent app which offers help and support to both people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. It is packed with useful information to help you and others stay safe. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user. The app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a box where you can store photos that are important to you. 
  • Stop Breathe Think Check in with how you’re feeling, and try short activities tuned to your emotions. 
  • Student Health App provides easy access to more than 900 pages of reliable health information all in one place. The content has been created for university students by NHS doctors and is regularly updated. The app is aimed to reduce your worries, feel more confident and get the support you need at what can be a challenging time for any student. 
  • Superbetter Helps build resilience - the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult obstacles 
  • ThinkNinja is a mental health app designed for 10 to 18-year olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing. and develop skills they use to build resilience and stay well.   
  • Virtual Hope Box contains simple tools to help with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. 
  • What's Up utilises some of the best CBT methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more 
  • WorryTree app aims to help you take control of worry wherever you are. You cause the app to record whatever you feel worried about. It uses cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to help you notice and challenge your worries. It can also help you create an action plan for managing worry.