Finding information and support

Websites and resources offering advice, information and support for children and young people.

If you want to talk to someone for advice and support there are a number of helplines listed in the Want to talk about something that worries you section.


  • A guide to rough times

    This website is a guide for young people in Cambridgeshire, their parents, carers, friends and family. It covers how to look after your emotional well-being when times are difficult, and what to do when you may need some extra help.


  • ADHD and you

    This online resource is aimed at people who have or who care for a person with ADHD.


  • Body Image Parent Pack

    Having recently released a lesson on body image, Media Smart has developed a parent pack to help extend children's body image education into the home. Aimed at 6-11 year olds, the Body Image Parent Pack aims to help promote positive self-esteem among children, by encouraging parents and children to think critically about the images they see in the media and understand that they are aspirational and not necessarily achievable.


  • Cam's Den

    This website helps children understand feelings - angry, happy, sad, calm, scared and confused - what they are and where they come from. Its a fun and safe environment.


  • Choosing what's best for you (website)

    This website presents information for children and young people about the emotional and behavioural difficulties they might experience and the various treatments available to them. It is aimed at providing information in a child and young person friendly manner, in order to help enable them to make an informed decision about any treatment they undertake.


  • Choosing what's best for you: what scientists have found helps children and young people who are sad, worried or troubled

    Booklet aimed at children, young people and families to help them make treatment choices. It explains the evidence base for what has been shown to work for children and young people with mental health problems.


  • Doc ready

    This digital tool that helps young people to prepare and make the most out of mental health related GP visits. It helps young people to know what to expect during a GP consultation, plan what to say and record the outcomes of their appointments.


  • Don't bully me!

    This booklet from Kidscape will help parents or carers of primary age children who are being bullied.


  • Eating disorders

    On this website, young people talk about their experiences of living with, and recovering from, an eating disorder. Their experiences include different degrees of disordered eating, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified), binge eating and ED-DMT1 (‘diabulimia’).


  • Epic friends

    This website aims to help young people help their friends who have mental health problems.


  • Eryc & Trayc: website for young carers

    A website for young carers in Scotland which helps children find out what young carers do, what challenges they face and where to get further help and support. Eryc and Trayc are both young carers. At school they look like any other boy or girl, but when other children are having fun, young carers are at home helping members of their family who can’t do things for themselves.


  • Feeling good: promoting children's mental health

    This set of activity sheets provide parents and their children aged 4 to 7 with a unique resource to help them talk about how they feel and what makes them happy or sad, stressed or secure.


  • Hambleton and Richmondshire Carers Centre

    Provides information, advice, advocacy or emotional support for both adult and young carers.


  • HeadMeds: straight talk on mental health medication

    The HeadMeds website provides young people (aged 13-25 years) with accessible and useful information about mental health medication during a time which is often confusing, frightening and isolating for them. It includes information about potential side effects when a young person should go and get help, and provides answers to some of the difficult questions that young people may have around their medication but may feel uncomfortable asking their GP about. Complete with real life stories and created with young people at its heart, HeadMeds provides much needed, straight talk on mental health medication whenever young people need it.


  • How to get up and go when you're feeling low: top tips for feeling good

    The aim of this booklet is to help children and young people think about what helps them when they feel upset or stressed


  • I gotta feeling: top tips for feeling good

    This booklet lists some things that young people have found helped them feel better when they felt sad, stressed or angry and some things that help you feel good generally. This booklet is aimed at year 7 students.


  • Kooth

    Kooth is an online counselling service for young people which also provides information, advice, self help tools are referral on where needed.


  • Maze Advocacy

    This voluntary organisation runs advocacy services in Cardiff and Somerset. Its website has useful information for young people, parents and professionals wherever they live. When you’re feeling really worried, stressed or depressed it might feel like no one’s listening or that your views are not being respected. Information and support from Maze helps to get people to listen to you.


  • Medicines management: everybody's business. A guide for service users, carers and health and social care practitioners

    This booklet aims to empower service users and carers to ask relevant questions about medication and have their views taken into account, and to help health and social care practitioners improve their person-centred approach in the area of medicines management.


  • Mind of my own

    This app is designed for young people in care and care leavers to help increase their knowledge, confidence and influence over their care and transition


  • OCD at school: a guide for teachers, parents and young people

    This project aims to provide support to young people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in secondary schools in the Greater London area during a period of two years. The website has sections providing guidance for young people, parents, and teachers.


  • Off The Record

    A free, confidential and friendly service, offering information, support and counselling for young people. If you - are aged 11-25 - need to talk to someone, in confidence - live in the Portsmouth, Havant or surrounding areas


  • Oxleas: I've got this letter

    This film, commissioned by Oxleas, is for children and young people who have received a letter about being referred to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). It aims to inform people about what they can expect, in order to encourage them to attend their appointment.


  • Patient Information Centre: self help leaflets

    Self-help booklets written by clinical psychologists with contributions from service users and healthcare staff from Northumberland. They cover a range of issues including: abuse, depression, eating disorders, stress and anxiety, sleeping problems, Some are available in several languages.


  • PS Young Support

    The PS Young Support research project is about information, education and support on the Internet for young people who are close to someone with mental illness.


  • Respect yourself

    Aims to provide information and support to young people aged between 13 and 25. This support and assistance is in the form of daily text messages sent to individual’s mobile phones, backed up with further detailed information on the website. The topics cover what is experienced through life – bullying, finance, sexual health, the law and cultivating positive mental habits.


  • Rethink - young people (website)

    Information and support to help young people maintain a healthy mental well-being.


  • Rethink siblings

    A new network from Rethink, for anyone whose brother or sister has experienced mental illness. Get information and advice on coping with mental illness in the family and read stories from others who have a brother or sister affected by mental illnes.


  • Right Here Brighton and Hove

    Right Here Brighton and Hove is a project led by young people aged 16 – 25. It aims to promote the mental & emotional wellbeing of young people in this age group in the city.


  • Sex and violence: improving your care. Taskforce on the health aspects of violence against women and children: young people's version

    This booklet explains the work of the taskforce and the violence agenda to young people, particularly to those who have been affected by violence.


  • Spot the signs

    Barnardo’s has published advice leaflets for parents, professionals and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe.


  • Stepfinder

    The StepFinder app helps young people find the nearest support service to them. Whether its contraception, homelessness, bereavement, mental health or anything else, StepFinder can pin-point local services and help you navigate to them using your phone. It offers tips and advice from others who’ve used the same services and shows which organisations young people say are ‘youth friendly’. Designed by YouthNet, this app is a free and confidential service.


  • Students against depression

    This website is aimed at students and provides lot of useful information about depression and advice on what to do to help yourself.


  • Take action: a young person's guide to thoughts, feelings and positive mental health

    This 24 page A5 illustrated booklet has lots of useful advice for young people (age 10+) and their families and carers on how to achieve positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. This is an e-sample to download. Printed copies can be ordered from the Kidpremiership website at http://kidpremiershop.com/catalogue--iID--124--take-action.php


  • The Zone

    The Zone offers a wide range of information, advice and support services for 13 - 25 year olds in Plymouth and the surrounding area.


  • Voice Collective: peer support for young people (aged 12-18) who hear, see or sense things that others don't

    This website is aimed at young people and is part of Mind in Camden's London Hearing Voices Project. It aims to introduce hearing voices and visions as a common experience, not necessarily linked to mental health issues; show people they are not alone; suggest coping and recovery strategies; portray inspiring personal stories; and invite young people to actively engage in our of our groups. The project also offers free training and workshops for young people who hear voices, their carers and their workers.


  • What can CAMHS do for me? CAMHS leaflet for children and young people

    The NCSS have produced a leaflet which gives children and young people some information about child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). There is space on the leaflet for services to add local information. The leaflet has been translated into various community lanaguages. They are also available in colour or black and white formats.


  • What's worrying you?

    A web resource for parents, carers and young people who want advice on mental health treatments, and where to get help.


  • You are not on your own: a booklet to help children and adults talk about a parent’s drinking

    This booklet helps children and adults talk about a parent’s drinking. It is written for children, but at the end of each section is a part written for adults.


  • Young Concern - mental health 1-1 and drop in service

    Young Concern provide a free confidential one-to-one counselling service to young people aged between 11 and 25 who live in the Harlow, Essex area.


  • Young People (Royal College of Psychiatrists)

    Links to a range of guides, booklets and web resources for young people and families about mental health and emotional well-being issues.


  • YoungMinds publications

    YoungMinds produce a number of booklets for young people and and parents on a variety of mental health issues. The booklets can be downloaded as a pdf or purchased.


  • Youth Access: find your local service

    If you want to find out about free and confidential counselling, advice or information services, try this directory on the Youth Access website.


  • Youth in Mind

    This website provides lots of information about mental health issues for young people, parents and teachers. It also includes a very useful directory of CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) across the UK.


  • Youthhealthtalk

    This is a website about young people’s real life experiences of health and lifestyle. This is not just a website about the medical facts, this is about real people and real lives. Watch, listen and read young people talking about their experiences, and feel free to join in the forums.


  • Youthhealthtalk: young people, drugs and alcohol

    This website focuses on young people's experiences with drugs and alcohol. The content is based on a number of interviews with young people.



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