Chat with your child about what you do to look after your body and mind, from walking the dog to turning your phone off before bed. Sharing the steps you’ve taken to stay healthy can set a good example for them – but don’t be afraid to admit it if you’ve struggled! It’s important for children to keep trying, even when things are difficult.
The following is a list of organisations that can provide mental health support or help with individual queries
If you are a child or young person and are concerned about your mental health then speak as soon as possible to an adult that you trust. This could be a parent (or other family member), a teacher, or a doctor (GP). If you are not sure who to talk to you can telephone Childline or The Samaritans (contact listed below).
If you are an adult and are concerned about a child or young person's mental health, then there are other organisations listed below that offer advice and support.
Childline (for children and young people only)
0800 1111 (UK), 24 hours a day
chat: chat online email web: www.childline.org.uk
Available 24 hours a day for children and young people, help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.
Samaritans (for adults)
116 123 (UK), 24 hours a day
email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.samaritans.org
Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
0300 123 3393 (Mon - Fri, 9am-6pm except bank holidays)
email: email@example.com web: www.mind.org.uk
Offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help and assistance.
Rethink Mental Illness
0300 5000 927 (Mon - Fri, 10am-2pm)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.rethink.org
Rethink Mental Illness works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, recover a better quality of life. It provides effective services and support and campaigns for change through greater awareness and understanding.
0845 767 8000 (6pm-11pm every day - local rate on BT landlines)
Support forum email: email@example.com web: www.sane.org.uk
SANE services provide practical help, emotional support and specialist information to individuals affected by mental health problems, their family, friends and carers.
Education Support Partnership
08000 562 561 (UK), 24 hours a day
text: 07909 341229 chat: chat online email web: www.educationsupportpartnership.org.uk
For teachers and everyone working in education to boost health, happiness
YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Honest information and support for young people in the UK on a range of issues.
Mental Health Foundation
Charity improving the lives of those with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
At its heart, MindEd provides practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.
Advice on depression, anxiety, ADHD & self-harm
YoungMinds Parents Helpline
0808 802 5544 (9.30 to 4.00pm, Mon- Fri)
We offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
What’s it all about?
When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep.
However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too. We know from our work in schools that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.
Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.