Recommended Mental Health Support Websites
Welcome to the SVC Wellbeing site. It has been split the into two areas, one for parents and one for students. We would always recommend that anyone struggling with their mental health should look at the support offered on the recommended websites that are listed below. They offer a range of information, advice, support strategies and links to websites specific to a need.
If anyone has a serious mental health concern, we would always suggest you seek medical advice from your doctor/ GP or by calling NHS direct (111).
At SVC we would always like to know about the wellbeing of our students and would encourage you to speak to someone in school so we can support you/ your child in the best way possible.
Student Wellbeing Group
Friday Lunchtime BM2
Firstly, well done for getting this far. It’s great that you have found your way to the website and hopefully you will find some of the links below helpful.
We all go through some struggles during our lives and these are perfectly normal. We need to be a little worried about an exam or a big sports match because it makes us focus and perform to our best. Often the best way of managing tough things is to talk about it. We would always say that talking to your friends, someone in your family, your doctor or even a teacher is the first step to feeling better. It might feel scary but without talking to someone no one will know that you need help. The websites below are a great way to help you to understand what you’re going through and how you can access extra support.
- Young Minds- It talks about a range of conditions and has some great strategies for managing them. Head to the ‘find help’ part and then look at the ‘feelings and symptoms’ or ‘conditions’ parts. https://youngminds.org.uk
- Keep your head- This website is designed for young people in Cambridgeshire. It has lots of information about a range of issues young people face. There are many links to specific websites, which can help in lots of ways. https://www.keep-your-head.com/cyp
- Chat Health- 07480 635443- Confidential text service where you can speak to healthcare professionals about issues such as emotional health, self-harm, smoking, relationships, healthy eating, alcohol, drugs and bullying. You should get a reply within a day but be patient.
- Mind- A national charity, which a great A-Z of mental health, which might be a good place to start to understand some of the words used. The ‘your stories’ parts are a great way to read how other people have learnt to deal with their mental health problems. https://www.mind.org.uk
- Kooth- Young people can chat online with professional counselors about how they are feeling and what might not feel right, even if they don’t know exactly what that might be. https://www.kooth.com
- Chums- If you think you need some serious support you can make a referral yourself. Fill out the online form and then someone will contact you to discuss what to do next. It can sometimes take a while to hear back from them. If you need immediate advice, call NHS First Response on 111 option 2. http://chums.uk.com/cambs-pborough-services/
- Minded- This website is fantastic for parents who want to learn about what their child is experiencing. The tutorials cover a huge range of topics and offer advice on symptoms, support strategies and links to professional who can help. https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/young-people
- Mind- A national charity which has a great section on the A-Z of mental health. It is a good place to start to understand some of the language used around mental health. The ‘your stories’ parts are a great way to read how other people have learnt to deal with their mental health problems. https://www.mind.org.uk
- Young minds- Not only is this website great for young people but it also helps parents to understand what their child might be going through and how they can help. https://youngminds.org.uk
- Chums- Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service offers support to children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and low mood, as well as those with significant emotional wellbeing difficulties arising from life events, such as bereavement and bullying. Young people or parents can make a direct referral to seek support. Waiting list can vary. http://chums.uk.com/cambs-pborough-services/
Other useful sites
- ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. http://www.childline.org.uk
- Samaritans are available round the clock every single day. They provide emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. http://www.samaritans.org
- Youthoria is a Cambridgeshire County Council website for 11– 19 year olds in Cambridgeshire. http://www.youthoria.org
- Centre 33 is a local charity which gives advice, support and information to young people in Cambridgeshire up to the age of 25. http://www.centre33.org.uk
- Selfharm UK is the lead UK charity dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm. http://www.selfharm.co.uk
- Beat has helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help beat eating disorders. http://www.b-eat.co.uk
- Students Against Depression offers information and resources validated by health professionals alongside tips and advice from students who have experienced it all themselves. http://www.studentsagainstdepression.org
- YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. http://www.youngminds.org.uk
- Get Connected is a free confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don't know where to turn. Support is given by the telephone helpline, email or webchat. There is also a free telephone counselling service. http://www.getconnected.org.uk
- Rise Above is a website created by young people for young people, the website aims to build emotional resilience in individuals aged 11 to 16 by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions, and help deal with the pressures of growing up. http://riseabove.org.uk
- Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity to help tackle racism. http://www.theredcard.org
- Ditch the Label is one of the UK’s largest anti-bullying charities providing digital advice, support and training for young people. Their goal is to end bullying and to resolve the harmful impacts once and for all. http://www.ditchthelabel.org
- Caring Together supports young carers age 8-19 in Cambridgeshire.https://www.caringtogether.org
- Become is a voice and a champion for children and young people in the UK living in care. http://www.thewhocarestrust.org.uk
- Caram Voice offers help (called advocacy) to young people who are living in care or have recently left care. They can also help you if you cannot live at home anymore and feel you need extra support and services http://www.coramvoice.org.uk
- STARS offers support to children and young people in Cambridgeshire who have experienced the death of an important person in their lives and those who know that someone important to them is going to die.https://talktostars.org.uk
- The Hideout is a national website that gives support to children and young people living with domestic violence, or to those who may want to help a friend.http://www.thehideout.org.uk
- FRANK is a national drug education service, providing targeted and accurate information on drugs and alcohol. http://www.talktofrank.com
- Alateen is for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is part of Al-Anon. http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/alateen/
- Nacoa provides information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent's drinking. http://www.nacoa.org.uk
- QUIT is the UK charity that helps smokers to stop and young people to never start. http://www.quit.org.uk
- Gamcare offers a telephone help line for people with gambling problems in the United Kingdom. Also offers an Internet chat help line.http://www.gamcare.org.uk
- Brook is the UK's largest young people's sexual health charity providing sexual health services, support and advice to young people.http://www.brook.org.uk
- Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain. http://www.stonewall.org.uk
- Study in UK offers advice for young people who are experiencing homophobic or transphobic bullying anywhere in England.http://www.studying-in-uk.org/the-complete-guide-to-studying-and-living-in-uk-as-an-lgbt-student/
- Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service (CASUS) provides information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire around drug and alcohol use to young people and their families.http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/casus
- LawStuff gives free legal information to young people. It is run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre, which provides more detailed information both over the phone and online.http://lawstuff.org.uk
- Pinpoint is an independent information, support and involvement network for parents in Cambridgeshire. Their website is a ‘one-stop shop’ for parents telling them what services are available, how to get support, who they can speak to and issues that may interest them.http://www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They help young people take on any challenge that they’re facing—from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job from break-ups to drugs. You can talk to them via online, social or their free, confidential helpline.https://www.themix.org.uk