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Resources to support your child's mental health

We’re here to help you, but understand that helping your child is essential too, so we’ve listed some of the resources we’ve found useful at PMH in the hope they may help.

Please note that we aren’t endorsing any organisation or service, don’t have any direct connections with them and take no responsibility or liability for them or for any impacts of their actions on you or your family. They are here for informational purposes only. We suggest you contact your doctor in the first instance. 

If you represent an organisation that supports young people with poor mental health and would like to be included, please contact us. 

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Treatments

Find out more about treatments that may help your child’s mental health. Please note they may not all be available through the NHS, but you may be able to request them or go direct to the provider. 

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Organisations

Learn more about specific organisations and charities that support young people’s mental health. We’ve covered a range of specific services for different mental health conditions to help you help your child. 

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Online Support

From anonymous listening services to text services with trained crisis workers, this section covers a range of online services that can give your child support and comfort. 

Treatments

Find out more about some of the treatments your child may be prescribed on the NHS or privately. We do not endorse or recommend any of the treatments listed below – they are for informational purposes only.

BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (BWRT)

BrainWorking Recursive Therapy is a new model of psychotherapy developed by Terence Watts that can help with stopping and rerouting the brain’s natural response to anything traumatic or not understood. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.  CBT focusses on current problems, rather than past experiences. 

Counselling

Counselling is a talking therapy that can help with a range of emotional or mental health conditions. Counselling helps to gain a better understanding of feelings and thought processes and can happen in person, online, or over the phone, and in a group or individually. 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a form of talking therapy based on CBT that is useful for depression, suicide attempts and self harm. It was first developed for those with a diagnosis of BPD ( Borderline Personality Disorder) but is being used more and more with young people. 

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment that helps with the processing of traumatic memories. Using eye movements as well as hand movements and tapping, EMDR accesses the traumatic memory network, and forges new associations. EMDR is used to treat PTSD and trauma. 

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis – a state of controlled, deep relaxation – to connect our subconscious and conscious mind to solve mental (and physical) issues. Hypnotherapy can be used for depression, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, sleep issues, and addictions. 

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a talking therapy that is used to overcome emotional challenges and problems. There are many different approaches in psychotherapy which include some of the other therapies we’ve covered in this section: CBT, arts and play therapies and hypnotherapy. 

Finding a Therapist

If your child is referred via CAMHS, you may not have a choice of therapists. But if you decide to use a private therapist, it’s worth seeing our checklist of questions here. (NEEDS LINK) For more information on trained psychotherapists who abide by an ethical code, click the button below. 

Sometimes there are no words, and for your child, it may be that they aren’t able to speak about what is making them depressed or anxious. Creative therapies – like art therapy, painting, sand, clay, movement and music – give an alternative way for young people to explore their emotions. 

Helpful Charities & Organisations

Find out more about some of the specialist organisations that may help you to help your child. We do not endorse or recommend any of the organisations listed – they are for informational purposes only.

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK is a national charity that supports people with anxiety, stress, anxiety-based depression or a phobia that’s affecting daily life. 

BEAT Eating Disorders

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity with a mission to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. You and your child can contact them online or by phone 365 days a year. 

Bullying UK

Bullying UK offers resources and help with the impacts of bullying. Their hotline offers support to parents and young people. 

Hub Of Hope

Hub of Hope is a nation mental health database of local support. Enter your postcode and find a range of support for a range of mental health conditions. 

 

OCD UK

OCD is a charity that provides advice, information, and support services for those affected by OCD, and campaigns to end the trivialisation and stigma of OCD.

Nightline Association

Nightline is a student listening service, open at night, and run by students for students. Every night of term, trained student volunteers answer calls, emails, instant messages, texts and talk in person to their fellow university students about anything that’s troubling them. 

No Panic

No Panic is a registered charity that helps people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and other related anxiety disorders. It offers support through its No Panic helpline.  

Papyrus: Prevention of Young Suicide

Papyrus provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through thier helpline, HOPELINEUK.

Relate

Relate offers practical advice and support for all types of relationships, including family relationships with partners and children. They offer counselling for parents and for young people. 

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness advice and information service offers practical help on a wide range of topics such as The Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, and carers rights. We also offer general information on living with mental illness, medication and care.

Safeline

Safeline is a specialised charity working to prevent sexual abuse and to support those affected in their recovery. This includes working with people whose mental health issues suggest that they may be vulnerable to abuse. Safeline offers information, training and support through counselling and a helpline. 

Samaritans

Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you and listen without judgment. 
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 

stem4: Supporting Teenage Mental Health

stem4 is a charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them through a range of education and a range of apps. 

Zero Suicide Alliance

The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) is a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. 
Take their free training: https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/ training 
 

Online Support

In addition to some of the helplines listed above, there are a number of apps that your child can use to access help.  We do not endorse or recommend any of the organisations listed – they are for informational purposes only.

Kooth

Kooth is a free, safe, confidential online community for young people, with discussion boards, a magazine, a daily journal and the option to chat to the team via message or live chat. 

The Mix

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people under 25. They can help your child with any challenge  – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Your child can talk to them via their online community, on social, through their free, confidential helpline or their counselling service.

NHS Go

NHS Go is a confidential health advice and information service for 16-25 year olds that covers all forms of health including mental health. 

7Cups

7 Cups connects you to trained caring listeners 24/7 who can give emotional support over online chat – and it’s anonymous and completely free.

i am me

The i am me app offers self-help tools including a mood indicator, emotional need calculator, and capacity builder. Along with specialist tools, tips, articles and coaching content that help young people to address underlying difficulties and carefully selected partnerships and links to further support. All of the content on the i am me app has been steered by young people.