Mental health issues can occur at any age and it can be especially difficult to find support for those under 18. Under 18s can access support from school counsellors and by referral from their GP to CAMHS. Below is a list or resources for under 18s.
COVID-19 has affected the lives of many young people aged 10 to 18, the nhs have a free app Think Ninja to help children deal with the changes that COVID-19 has had on their lives;
Kooth is an app offering support for those aged 11 to 18;
MeeTwo is a free app for teenagers (11+) providing resources and a fully-moderated community where you can share your problems, get support and help other people too.
Can be downloaded from Google Play or App Store.
Childline offers 24 hour support via telephone or 1-2-1 online chat with a counsellor to under 19s;
Telephone: 0800 1111
The Mix have information and support for those under 25. Including a helpline, online chat, crisis messenger and postcode search for free local services;
Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (3pm to 12am)
Youth Access have a postcode search for free local services for those aged between 11-25;
Compassionate Friends is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.
Telephone: 0345 123 2304
Winston’s Wish offers support for bereaved children;
Telephone: 08088 020 021
Young Minds offers information and support for young people, including information on the process of referral to CAMHS;
Talk to Frank offers drug and alcohol information;
Telephone: 0300 123 6600 or text 82111
Papyrus offers confidential advice and support for young people struggling with suicidal thoughts. Its helpline service - HOPELINEUK - is available to anybody under the age of 35 experiencing suicidal thoughts, or anybody concerned that a young person could be thinking of suicide;
Telephone: 0800 068 4141
Opening times: 9am – midnight, 365 days a year
Beat offers information and support for anybody affected by eating disorders.
Telephone: 0808 801 0711 (youthline for anyone under 18)
Email: email@example.com (for anyone under 18)
Opening times: 365 days a year - weekdays (9am - 8pm); weekends (4pm - 8pm)