Sometimes being a kid can be a challenging task and childhood mental health is incredibly important. If you are worried about your child or you are a child yourself, there are many different places that are willing to help. With the modern pressures placed on our children, it’s important to have safe and reliable organisations to help, and many easily accessible places will offer the help needed.
Online Mental Health Services
If you have become worried about a child’s emotional wellbeing, there are several places you can find helpful advice. In recent times and with the added pressure children face as they grow, the following websites can help greatly. They can support and protect the minds of our incredibly important youth.
Mind is an incredibly helpful online support resource that offers support and advice to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They aim to support and empower. In addition, Mind runs an Infoline which provides information and advice on mental health online. You can call on 0300 123 3393, text on 86463 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mind also has a page dedicated to mental health relating to the coronavirus pandemic, which includes helpful information for teens and older children worried about their health and information for parents on how to guide your children as the pandemic continues.
The Children’sChildren’s Society works hard to support children directly. They are dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children and have a range of resources relating to mental health and how you or your child can navigate the complex topic.
They also offer online support resources relating to how children can deal with loneliness and a dedicated mental health and wellbeing hub related to the coronavirus pandemic.
YoungMinds is one of the UK’s leading charities dedicated to young people’s mental health. They do a lot of important work fighting for children’s mental health. They also operate a Parents Helpline on 0808 802 5544, and you can also email using their online contact form.
Your child can access their mental health services alone or with you. The organisation has a dedicated section for improving and maintaining young people’s mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. It offers valuable information on looking after your child’s mental health whilst self-isolating. Your child can also listen to other young people who have struggled through the pandemic. They will learn how they keep a positive mindset.
Emerging Minds is another excellent mental service that aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people. They offer online support in the form of a webinar series.
Parents can download their helpful advice sheet and can watch their webinar series made in collaboration with The Mental Elf, which focuses on supporting children’s mental health during the current climate.
Childline is an online and telephone counselling service that is free for children and young people ages 19 and under.
Your child can call their helpline on 0800 1111 to speak to a trained counsellor, or they can use its “1-2-1” chat on the Childline website if they don’t feel as though they can talk over the phone. If they don’t feel comfortable speaking in real-time, they can also send an email from their “Childline locker”. They must be logged into their Childline account in order to access online support and use the 1-2-1 chat service and email.
Childline also offers a multitude of other mental health online resources. For example, your child can access information on how to process worrying world events, how to distinguish fake news, access an online mood journal, and access message boards where they connect with others.
Young people can currently speak to a counsellor online or on the phone from 7:30 am – 3:30 am, seven days a week.
The Mix is another of the UK’s leading online support services and offers guidance to people aged under 25.
Your child can access wellbeing guidance, including how to deal with anxiety surrounding the pressure of the current world climate. The Mix also offers help for older teens, has information on tenancy rights, and provides financial guides.
Your child can also find additional support related to the coronavirus pandemic by visiting “The Sanctuary’, an online group created to discuss the newest information to keep your child informed, reducing anxiety and confusion they may feel.
Additional services are Its Helpline, Student line and Youthline, which are all operating as usual.
Keeping our children healthy is a top priority, and their mental health is just as important as their physical health. With our modern world’s current global climate and pressures, providing our youth with excellent mental health services is more critical than ever. Apple Fostering is dedicated to ensuring children have access to safe and secure homes and are healthy and happy in their foster families.