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As a professional working with children and young people, there are a number of resources available to you to assist you in your role in supporting their mental health and emotional wellbeing needs. Please take a look at the sections below to access a variety of support. If there are any errors in the details this webpage contains or there is any further online support/guidance that you think would assist other professionals, please drop us an email at and let us know.

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Five Ways to Mental Wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.

  • Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more in Connect for mental wellbeing.
  • Be active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more in Get active for mental wellbeing.
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Find out more in Learn for mental wellbeing.
  • Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more in Give for mental wellbeing.
  • Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in Mindfulness for mental wellbeing.

ADHD & You

Support, advice and self-management of ADHD.


Addaction is one of the UK's leading mental health, drug and alcohol charities, working work with adults and young people in community settings, in prisons, in residential rehab and through outreach.

They provide specialist young people’s services across the UK for 10–17 year olds. Youngaddaction supports young people to understand the effects of their substance misuse and helps them to make informed choices.

AMBIT Wikimanual

What is AMBIT?

In the briefest terms, AMBIT is:

  • A mentalisation-based approach, designed for teams and services who work with clients presenting with multiple and complex problems. It was developed with a focus on those for whom help-seeking, or using conventional forms of help, can be particularly difficult.
  • AMBIT works to support services in developing systems of care adapted to their own specific context and client group. The range of problems that AMBIT-influenced services address are varied; there may be many different treatment aims - addressing the young person's fundamental relationship to help is often one of the core treatment aims shared by the many services that use or adapt this approach.

Please note, AMBIT isn’t about ‘re-inventing the wheel’, the approach aims to build on what is already working well.

AMBIT tools and techniques

The AMBIT wikimanual provides a range of practical tools, techniques and videos to support services who work with this client group:

Anna Freud – National Centre for Children and Families

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Their vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.

Anxiety UK

Charity formed 30 years ago by a sufferer of agoraphobia for those affected by anxiety disorders.

Beat (Eating Disorders)

Provides information on all aspects of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders.

Big White Wall

What is Big White Wall?             

Big White Wall is an online early intervention service for people in psychological distress. It can be accessed 24/7 and has staff (Wall Guides) who ensure the full engagement, safety and anonymity of all members.

Big White Wall is a community of people who are experiencing common mental health problems who are supported to self-manage their own mental health. According to members, one of the most important elements of the service is the ability to talk freely, whilst remaining completely anonymous. 

What can people do on Big White Wall?

Big White Wall offers a range of therapeutic interventions including highly creative self-expression. For example, members use powerful images, drawings and words to make vibrant and expressive ‘bricks’ that are posted to The Wall where they can choose to share and discuss the underlying ‘story’ of their pictures and words.

Who can access Big White Wall and how much does it cost?

Anyone who is aged 16 or over, and who is experiencing emotional or psychological distress can log on to and either join via their local NHS provider, if available in their area, or choose to join by paying a subscription of £24 per month. This service is available free of charge within the areas of East Lancashire, Chorley and South Ribble, Greater Preston and Fylde and Wyre and can be accessed by entering a postcode.

How does Big White Wall respond to people who are in danger of harming themselves or others?

Almost a quarter of BWW members have experienced suicidal thoughts and/or thoughts of self-harming. Wall Guides respond immediately when alerted to members who are at danger of self-harm by:

     •    checking whether they have already acted in a way that is harmful and strongly encourage them to contact emergency services of go to A&E if they have

    •    encouraging the member to talk about what they are feeling and what they think is causing the feelings

    •    listening empathetically and being present for the member – making it clear they are not going away

    •    checking whether they have anyone with them or close by that they can call to be with them

    •    exploring whether the member has had self-harming thoughts or behaviours previously and what did they do that helped

    •    exploring the type of things they find soothing e.g. music, hot non-alcoholic drinks, reading etc

    •    encouraging them to draw on the support of their peers/friends on BWW

    •    exploring whether they have sought or would like to see professional help in their local area

    •    encouraging the member to keep in touch

    •    keeping regular contact with the member to see how they are doing.

What impact does Big White Wall have?

The majority of BWW users were able to self-manage their mental wellbeing without recourse to further help. Others found BWW a helpful step to, or complementary with, other medical or therapeutic intervention. 

For more information on any of these topics, contact

Bipolar UK

Information, support and advice for parents/carers, children and young people.

Bullying UK

As well as a core family support services offered through their helpline, they also work in many different areas and offer tailored support around issues such as bullying, special educational needs, and support for specific communities.

Calm – Campaign Against Living Miserably  

Targeted at young men aged 15-35 and set up in response to the high suicide rate among young men. Freephone helpline available 5pm – 12pm.

Child Bereavement UK

Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.


Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. They can contact a Childline counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.

'For Me' is the app that puts Childline in their pocket. It's free, it's secure and it's designed by young people for young people.

Depression in teenagers

An interactive site with resources for young people with depression using self-help ideas and relaxation techniques.


For those who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse. They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

Get Self-Help

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been proven to help mental health problems. This website provides CBT self help and therapy resources, including worksheets and information sheets and self help mp3s.

Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES)

This website contains resources for schools; e-learning to help with caring for non-gender conforming young people.

Hands on Scotland

Resources for emotional wellbeing.


Winston’s Wish, the charity behind Help2MakeSense, know the importance of young people being able to talk to someone about how they’re feeling. Their ASK email service is available for young people for free and confidential support.

Parents, carers, other family members or a professional can also email their ASK email service or call the Freephone National Helpline on 08088 020 021.


Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.

On Kooth children and young people can:

  • chat to friendly counsellors
  • read articles written by young people
  • get support from the Kooth community
  • write in a daily journal

Living with ADHD

Useful resources, hints and tips for those living with ADHD, parents and professionals.


Support for young people with gender identity issues, their families and carers, including resources for schools.


Fast direct access to self-help resources.

Mental Health Foundation

This website contains resources for schools. More and more schoolchildren are struggling to cope with their mental health. Amidst rising rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm in children and young people, the Mental Health Foundation launched a Make it Count campaign, because mental health is not extracurricular. 


The Mind website gives information about where children and young people and their parents/carers can get support with a mental health problem.


MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults including professionals, volunteers, parents, carers and family members.

There is a section on their website for professionals and volunteers that is useful for anyone who volunteers, works or is studying to work with infants, children or teenagers. MindEd has e-learning applicable across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings. It is aimed at anyone from beginner through to specialist.

There is also a section for parents, carers and family members who are concerned about the mental health of a child or teenager. MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help parents/carers to understand what problems occur, what they can do to best support their family, and how to take care of themselves. MindEd for Families is written by a team of specialists and parents, working together. You do not need to register to use these resources.

National Autistic Society

Provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.

National Domestic Violence Helpline

The freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

National Self-Harm Network

An online forum which provides crisis support, information, resources, advice, discussions and distractions.


No Panic

National organisation with information about care and support for sufferers of panic attacks, phobias, anxiety, neurosis, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.


Advice about the signs, symptoms and effects of child abuse and neglect.


Series of information guides for children, young people and parents.


An excellent self-help resource for all topics around emotional wellbeing.

Papyrus - Prevention of young suicide

HOPELineUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling.

Positive Action in the Community (PAC)

PAC are a local registered charity working across Pendle, Burnley and Rossendale on a number of projects which support people to build emotional resilience, improve their emotional health and wellbeing, make positive choices, and improve their education and employment chances and move on to live independent lives.

They provide supported accommodation to homeless young people, support to adults and children affected by domestic violence and early support to families who are struggling to cope.

PAC also provide youth mental health first aid training and suicide prevention for CYP aged 15+ aimed at professionals.

Rethink Mental Illness

A charity that works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

An A-Z list of specifically tailored information for young people, parents, teachers and carers about mental health.

Self-injury support

For girls and young women up to 25 who self-injure. They:

  • run a UK-wide multi-channel support service for women and girls affected by self-injury, trauma and abuse
  • develop up-to-date, reliable and free information and self help tools for anyone to use
  • run training and consultancy to share knowledge and expertise with a wide range of staff, especially in health, social care and education
  • partner with other organisations and researchers to find out directly from those with lived experience of self-injury find helpful in their lives.

The website has a range of information booklets offering support and advice to individuals who self-injure, as well as professionals, friends, families and/or carers who support them. They ask for a small donation and any profit made goes directly toward continuing and developing their support services and resource provision. 

The Mix

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They are there to help children and young people take on any challenge they’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.

The Samaritans

Someone to talk to about anything, anytime.

Winston’s Wish

A charity for bereaved children.

Young Minds

Provides information around coping strategies and details of organisations that listen, plus online support. A variety of self-help information packs on a range of topics.

Whether you want to know more about how you're feeling, get information about a mental health condition or know what support is available to you, our guides can help.

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