In a crisis:

We cannot offer direct crisis support, but we recommend that in an emergency you contact your GP or attend your nearest A&E. You may also find the following contacts helpful: (Tel. 116 123) – A free 24-hr confidential emotional support helpline (Tel. 0800 1111) – A free 24-hr helpline for children under the age of 18. (Tel. 0330 606 1174) – A youth helpline and other support for teenagers suffering anxiety. (Tel. 0800 068 4141, text: 07860039967, Email – A national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, with links for support resources and a dedication confidential helpline (HOPELINEUK) for young people and carers worried about a young person.

General Websites: – UK charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. It has loads of good information for young people, parents/relatives and professionals on Young People’s mental health. – A safe, anonymous online community of people expressing what they are having difficulties with. Monitored by professionally trained ‘wall guides’. -Free online training/educational resources on children and young people’s mental health for adults. Great resource for parents/carers and professionals including teachers, covering a whole range of issues affecting children and young people. – A charity for young people and parents aimed at improving teenage mental health, including lots of information and a free app to support young people who self-harm. – A UK charity aimed at providing information and support to peoplewith mental health difficulties. See here for more information to help understand mental health diagnosis, treatments available and where to go for more support. and family support and advice, including a confidential helpline (Tel. 0808 800 2222). – UK charity campaigning to protect children from abuse. Has lots of useful information and support about protecting children from abuse, including information about online safety and what to do if you are worried a child is being abused.

Specific Resources: works to support people living with anxiety disorders. It has pages dedicated specifically for children, young people and their families. is a charity dedicated to supporting adults and children living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), with information pages specifically designed for children and young people. – National Autistic Society website, containing lots of information and support for families and young people affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder. – A Richmond and Kingston charity offering support and information for parents, carers and families of children diagnosed with ADHD.– Advice, support and downloadable resources for parents and young people who are affected by bullying. – UK charity supporting bereaved children. Information for parents about how to talk to children who have experienced a bereavement, as well as offering specialist counselling support for children and families.   – An Australian website with information and support for young people living with depression and related mental health difficulties. – Information, support and advice for young people and parents about the affect of drugs. Has a free confidential live-chat and drugs-advice helpline (Tel. 0300 123 6600).

Information Leaflets:,%20Young%20People%20and%20their%20Families/public/Formulation%20young%20people.pdf – A useful leaflet for young people which explains what to expect when seeing a clinical psychologist and how psychologists use ‘Formulation’ to help understand young people’s difficulties. – See the Royal College of Psychiatry website for free downloadable leaflets for parents and young people on a whole range of mental health issues affecting children and adolescents.

Books: – There are lots of good self-help, non-fiction and fictional books on young people’s mental health available to borrow for free from your local library via the Reading Well books on prescription scheme, with a whole range of topics covered for both young people and parents (see web link for details of available books). – See this website to browse the range of ‘Overcoming’ self-help books for a huge range of mental health issues, based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), including books for parents, such as:

Creswell, C. & Willets, L. (2007) Overcoming Your Child’s Fears & Worries: A guide for Parents using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. Constable & Robinson Ltd.

Willets, L. & Creswell, C. (2007) Overcoming Your Child’s Shyness & Social Anxiety: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. Constable & Robinson Ltd.

A range of downloadable leaflets for families and childcare professionals to help raise emotionally secure children:

Other useful texts:

Briers, S (2008) Superpowers for Parents: The Psychology of Great Parenting and Happy Children. Pearson Education Ltd.

Geddes, H. (2005). Attachment in the Classroom: The Links Between Children’s Early Experience, Emotional Wellbeing and Performance in School.

Golding, K. (2012). Creating Loving Attachments: Parenting with PACE to Nurture Confidence and Security in the Troubled Child.

Morgan, N (2013). Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed.

Siegal, D. & Payne Bryson, T. (2012). The Whole Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture your Child’s Developing Mind.

Silver, M. (2013). Attachment in Common Sense and Doodles: A Practical Guide. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Stallard, P. (2002) Think Good Feel Good: A Cognitive Behaviour therapy Workbook for Children.

Verdick, E. and Reeve, E. (2012) The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents).

Webster-Stratton, C. (2006) The Incredible Years: A Trouble Shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2 – 8 years.

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