Mental health resources for children, students, parents, carers and school staff.
Below, we have put together some useful links and sources of support so that children and young people, parents, carers, and school staff can get the advice and help they need.
General information relevant to children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health:
- Calm Harm is designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
- Catch it helps people manage feelings like anxiety and depression and improve mental wellbeing.
- The Student health app is designed to reduce your worries, feel more confident and get the support you need at what can be a challenging time for any student.
- Thrive helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions.
- Students Against Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.
- Place2Be has a host of mental health resources available. They organise Children’s Mental Health Week every year.
- SafeSpot is an iPhone and Android app that promotes positive mental wellbeing in children and young people and has been designed to help children and young people with their coping skills.
- Young Minds: a letter about how I’m feeling: worksheet to help pupils express their feelings and understand what may have triggered them. For use with pupils in school or at home.
- Cruse Bereavement Care: Coronavirus, Bereavement and Grief online information, advice and support. Helpline: 0808 808 1677.
Covid-19 specific children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health support:
For young people who feel particularly overwhelmed and troubled by Covid-19, these resources are helpful ways to manage anxiety around the pandemic, with helpful tools on homeschooling and self-care during lockdown.
- A downloadable guide from the Children’s Commissioner for children and young people about the coronavirus, including proactive advice to support mental wellbeing.
- The Think Ninja app educates 10–18-year-olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well. It has been adapted to Covid-19 to bring self-help knowledge and skills to those who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis.
- The Rise Above website aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16. The content has been adapted to Covid-19 and includes new mental health content based on insights from young people on remote schooling.
- The Every Mind Matters website aims to support everyone, including children and young people, to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions. It has been adapted to include advice and support about mental health issues that may have arisen because of the pandemic.
- The Young Minds website – provides online information on COVID-19 and mental health support to children and young people.
Mental health support for parents, carers, and school staff:
Keeping in mind that parents, carers and school staff can often be impacted by children’s mental health, we have provided some select resources that can help adults better support children, and also find the help that they themselves might need.
- Public Health England advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the Covid-19 outbreak.
- Online wellbeing resources for home education - a list of mental wellbeing resources designed to provide guidance on how to support the wellbeing of children and young people being educated remotely.
- Mentally Healthy Schools: a range of free coronavirus and mental health toolkits with useful resources and guidance to support school staff, parents and carers through the challenges they face as a result of the pandemic.
- Anna Freud: top tips to help families work together and support one another during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Barnardo’s See, hear, respond hub: information for parents and carers to help with some of the challenges the pandemic has presented.
- Family Links: Mental and Emotional Health in Schools: effective strategies and support for schools as they respond to the challenges of COVID-19 and its impact on the whole learning community: Free Online Course.
- Teacher Magazine: Teacher Wellbeing During COVID-19
- TES: Coronavirus and Schools: LIVE 11/11 : A one-stop shop for teachers who want to know what impact the ongoing pandemic will have on their working lives.
- National Education Union: Coronavirus: What You Need to Know – Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing
- TES SEN Show: Supporting the Emotional and Mental Health of the Education Workforce free webinar. Suitable for all Key Stages.
- Teacher Magazine Podcast: The Research Files Episode 62: Teacher Adaptability
Issue and group specific children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing support:
Sometimes, children need specific and targeted resources to help with problems they are facing. Below we have outlined some support available for particular issues, including loneliness, suicide prevention, eating disorders and domestic abuse.
- The SEND Gateway is a good source of information for professionals, containing resources on responding appropriately to children and young people with SEND with emotional wellbeing needs.
- DfE have published factsheets for care leavers, setting out the support they can access during Covid-19, including one on their wellbeing and where to access support for their mental health.
- Resources from University of Bath and the ‘Tell Me about Loneliness’ project provide advice and tips about how to tackle loneliness and are thoroughly rooted in evidence of young people’s experiences during loneliness.
- The Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign – the website provides a whole host of resources and information for those feeling lonely, including blogs and podcasts from those who have experienced loneliness.
Bullying, harassment, and abuse
- The government tool Respectful school communities: a tool to support school staff to combat bullying, harassment and abuse of any kind.
- Childhood Bereavement Network has a range of resources to help schools to respond to a bereavement and to provide support to bereaved pupils and their families. It also includes signposting to local bereavement services.
- Cruse Bereavement Care: Coronavirus, Bereavement and Grief online information, advice and support. Helpline: 0808 808 1677
- University of Oxford guide for parents and carers on supporting their child or young person in dealing with self-harm.
- BEAT advice and support on eating problems and disorders, with general downloads and resources and advice for school and college teachers and staff:
- Helpline: 0808 801 0677
- Youthline: 0808 801 0711
- Studentline: 0808 801 0811
The Sanctuary chat room for people with an eating disorder, created specifically in response to coronavirus.
- Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) provides confidential advice and support for young people who feel suicidal and has published a guide for teachers and staff
- HOPEline UK: 0800 068 41 41
- Text: 07786 209 697
- The Zero Suicide Alliance collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals offers free suicide prevention training.
- UK Trauma Council resources on coronavirus and trauma
- Operation Encompass Teachers’ Helpline staffed by educational psychologists, to support staff working with children and young people at risk of or experiencing domestic abuse (0204 513 9990, weekdays during term-time, 8-11am).
Drug and alcohol support
- Find confidential local drug and alcohol support services here or phone 03001236600 for confidential support from Talk to Frank.
- Children and young people can access free confidential support anytime from Government-backed voluntary and community sector organisations by:
- texting SHOUT to 85258
- calling Childline on 0800 1111
- calling the Mix on 0808 808 4994 or texting THEMIX to 85258