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Free services and resources to support mental health

Written by Jos on 14th April, 2020

The Covid-19 lockdown period has the potential to negatively impact mental health in various ways such as anxiety, depression or loneliness.

However, there is a wealth of support and resource out there for young people to help ease these problems.

The free services and resources listed below can be used to support mental health and wellbeing for young people and give advice to any professionals or parents supporting those young people.

YoungMinds

YoungMinds have free tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Young people needing urgent help can text YM to 85258. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.

The Children's Society

The Children's Society have released a detailed, and succinct child's wellbeing guide for parent's. It breaks down the different areas of wellbeing and gives advice and guidance in a clear way.

Access How to support your child's wellbeing here.

The Mix

The Mix offer information for young people about coronavirus and ideas for things to do while staying home on their website.

They offer emotional support services for under 25’s - young people can talk about anything that’s troubling them over the phone, email, web-chat, or online counselling service.

Helpline open daily 4-11pm: 0808 808 4994

Childline

Anyone under 19 can confidentially call, email or chat online about any problem big or small.

Freephone 24-hour helpline: 0800 1111

Time To Change

Time to change have mental health resources for schools and parents the help you to create an open, supportive culture around mental health.

MindEd

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for adults.  

Place2Be

Place2Be have developed and recommended mental health resources for schools to help support pupils’ mental health.

Ditch The Label

Ditch The Label have thousands of help guides and articles available. Young people can also start a question of their own on the Community section or get in touch with mentors.

Anna Freud – On My Mind

On My Mind aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing. The content has been co-produced by young people to help other young people.

Beat

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. They aim to be a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to supported and empowered.

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