Health and wellbeing information for children and young adults

Our mental wellbeing is an important part of our overall health. It’s what helps us not only cope with life and its challenges, but also do well and feel good about ourselves and the world around us.

We get help, or we see a doctor when we feel sick, when we need medicine or when we’re hurt.

It’s the same when we’re not feeling mentally well, and it’s just as important.

We’ve put together some links and resources that you, or someone close to you, may find helpful.

Home life

If you, or your children, are facing a difficult home life, please speak to your child’s mental health professional, or one of the charities below.

Difficulties may include:

  • Illness and disabilities (for example where a young person is the primary carer for an adult)
  • Violence from another adult
  • Money issues
  • Not having enough food and drink for everyone

Refuge

  • The Freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline
  • 080 8200 0247

Visit Refuge

Carers Trust

  • Young Carers provide help and support for young carers under the age of 18

 

Missing people

  • Missing People offers a lifeline for the 180000 people who run away and go missing each year. We also provide support for family and friends.

Visit Missing People

Shelter

  • Information for young people about leaving home, leaving care and renting for the first time
  • 080 8800 4444

Visit Shelter

The Mix

UK support service for under 25’s. Information on sexual health, consent, mental health, drinks and drugs, housing, work, crime, travel.

Visit The Mix

Education

An education can open up new opportunities, giving you a chance to live the life you want.

We spend a lot time at school so it’s important you feel happy and comfortable there.

If you’re struggling at school with school work, friendships, or if you need to go to work instead of going to school, please speak to a teacher you trust.

Otherwise, these groups and services can help.

Services for Education

  • A unique charity that uses the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people, adults and communities

Visit Services for Education

Prince’s Trust

  • Supports young people and adults aged 11 to 30 year olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives.
  • 080 084 2842

Visit Prince's Trust

Childline

  • Exam stress and pressure – support and guidance for young people stressed and anxious with examinations.
  • 0800 11 11

Visit Childline

Young minds

A national organisation that provides information and guidance on a range of conditions including:

  • eating disorders
  • drugs and how drugs effect our lives
  • you personal and school life

Visit Young minds

The Mix

UK support service for under 25’s. Information on sexual health, consent, mental health, drinks and drugs, housing, work, crime, travel.

Visit The Mix

Eating and your body

We all want to look good and feel good. This is normal, especially for a young person whose body is changing so quickly.

If you’re concerned about your eating or fitness habits, or you’re worried about your body image, help is available.

Young minds

A national organisation that provides information and guidance on a range of conditions including:

  • eating disorders
  • drugs and how drugs effect our lives
  • you personal and school life

Visit Young minds

Beat

  • Leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. Provides helpline for young people, online support groups and network across the UK of self-help groups.
  • 080 8801 0811

Visit Beat

ABC

  • Anorexia & Bulimia Care – National eating disorders charity with helpline
  • 030 0011 1213

Visit ABC

Activities

Hobbies, activities, and things to do in your spare time are great for your personal development. They can help you form great friendship groups and support network outside of school.

Duke of Edinburgh

  • Youth achievement award recognising young people that have completed a series of skills, including volunteering, expeditions and physical skills.

Visit Duke of Edinburgh

Change 4 Life

  • Change for life offers advice and guidance on how to maintain a healthy balanced diet. Raising awareness of content in foods.
  • 030 0123 4567

Visit Change 4 Life

Just act

  • Activity ideas for young people.

Visit Just act

Drugs, alcohol, or tobacco

If you’re worried drugs are having a negative effect on your life, please speak up and get help.

You might be using drugs for fun, to harm yourself, or you might be selling, transporting, or distributing drugs.

Either way, help is available.

Young minds

A national organisation that provides information and guidance on a range of conditions including:

  • eating disorders
  • drugs and how drugs effect our lives
  • you personal and school life

Visit Young minds

Frank

  • Information website, providing details on a wide range of drugs and substances, including what they are, the effects and risks.
  • 030 0123 6600

Link to Frank

Healthtalk.org

  • Information about alcohol, drugs and smoking.

Link to Health Talk

SAMHSA

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – US Department of Health & Human Services.

Link to SAMHSA

The Mix

UK support service for under 25’s. Information on sexual health, consent, mental health, drinks and drugs, housing, work, crime, travel.

Visit The Mix

Sexuality

You may be starting to develop intimate relationships: it’s a new feeling, so you might find it difficult or challenging.

Questions about your body, sex, sexual health or relationships are completely normal.

It’s important you get the right information for a trusted source – like an adult you know or trust, or trusted websites like these.

Big Talk Education

  • A UK based social enterprise working to ensure as many children and young people as possible receive high quality relationship and sex education.

Visit Big Talk Education

Brook

  • A national organisation for advice and access to clinics for sexual health and wellbeing.

Visit Brook

Mermaids

  • National charity for young people that feel at odds with their birth gender.
  • 034 4334 0550

Visit Mermaids

Sexual Assault

  • National website with information and support for young people if they have experienced any form of sexual violence, including links to local crisis services.

Visit Rape Crisis

 

The Mix

UK support service for under 25’s. Information on sexual health, consent, mental health, drinks and drugs, housing, work, crime, travel.

Visit The Mix

Terrence Higgins Trust

  • Terrence Higgins Trust is a charity which runs services for people with HIV. They also campaign for people and families who’ve been affected by HIV, and they promote good sexual health and safe sex.

Visit Terrence Higgins Trust

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