Free Support Ideas to help Young People

Signposting

This section of our website is devoted to signposting young people to other services and online support

We have several sections. Please click on the section heading below to go directly to it.

Helplines

This section has details of the helplines you can call for support.

Shout

Shout is a free, confidential, anonymous text service for anyone in the UK. Trained volunteers are there for you 24/7 to listen and support you to get to a calmer and safe place.

Text “SHOUT” to 85258


Samaritans

Samaritans is a free, confidential call service. Trained volunteers are available to listen to whatever you’re going through 24/7.

Call 116 123 for free



Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK offers advice and support for people living with anxiety.

Call the helpline 03444 775 774 Mon-Fri: 9:30am - 5:30pm
or Text 07537416905 or Email support service: support@anxietyuk.org.uk



Beat

Beat provides an under 18s helpline, webchat, and online support groups for people with eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia.

Youthline (under 18s): Call 0808 801 0711 or email fyp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Over 18s: Call 0808 801 0677 or email help@beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Studentline: Call 0808 801 0811 or email studentline@beateatingdisorders.org.uk



Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

CALM provides listening services, information and support for anyone who needs to talk, including a web chat.

Call 0800 58 58 58



Childline

Childline offers support for children and young people in the UK, including a free helpline and 1-2-1 online chats with counsellors.

Call 0800 1111



Frank

Frank provides confidential advice and information about drugs, their effects and the law.

Call 0300 123 6600



Hope Again

Hope Again provides support for young people when someone dies.

Call 0808 808 1677



No Panic

No Panic is a charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Youthline (under 18s): Call 0330 606 1174
Over 18s: Call 0300 772 9844
24 Hour Crisis Line: Call 01952 680835

Online resources

This section has details of online resources to help with mental health concerns.

CAMHS Resources

CAMHS Resources is a site created for young people, carers, and professionals that signposts valuable resources from across the internet.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service have compiled

  • Websites
  • Apps
  • Books
  • Videos
  • Downloads
  • Coronavirus-specific materials



Hub of Hope

Hub of Hope is a national database of mental health charities and organisations from across Britain who offer mental health advice and support.

The website:

  • Signposts you to services based on your postcode and current concerns
  • Provides information about services including website address, and helpline contact details



YoungMinds

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.

The website provides:

  • Advice and support that is tailored to young people, their parents, and professionals working with young people.
  • Dedicated guides for different mental health conditions, feelings, coping with life, supporting a friend, medications, and where and how to find support.
  • Stories that share the experiences of other young people.
  • Signposting to support services.



Kooth

Kooth provides free, safe, and anonymous online counselling for young people (age 11-18).

The website also offers:

  • Helpful articles, personal experiences, and tips from the Kooth team
  • Discussion boards
  • Live chat
  • Daily journal



On My Mind

is a website designed to help young people make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.

Co-produced by young people to help other young people, the website includes:

  • Youth wellbeing directory to signpost local services
  • Self-care strategies to help young people who are feeling low, or anxious
  • Information about therapy
  • Booklets tailored to specific concerns e.g., managing social media, dealing with loss and bereavement, helping someone else.



The Mix

The Mix provides essential support for under 25s.

The website provides:

  • Helpline: 0808 808 4994 Everyday 4pm – 11pm
  • Webchat open 7 days a week 4pm – 11pm
  • Articles with expert advice on a wide range of real-life issues and concerns e.g., “How to manage when living with parents”, “Help! I have social anxiety”, “How to deal with corona-anxiety”.



NHS Go

NHS Go is a confidential health advice and information service for 16–25-year-olds.

The website provides:

  • Free, confidential advice on a range of health issues (e.g., sex & relationships, mental health & wellness, LGBTQ+, smoking, drugs & alcohol)
  • Instant access to find local services
  • Quizzes and guides around key health issues.



Moodzone

Moodzone provided by the NHS, offers information on stress, anxiety and depression.

The website includes:

  • Tips and advice to boost mental health
  • Information on self-help treatments
  • Free audio guides on a range of topics such as anxiety, low mood, and sleep problems
  • A mood self-assessment questionnaire that helps to highlight the best resources for you.



Mind

Mind is a mental health charity in England and Wales offering advice and support to people with mental health problems.

It includes:

  • Information on different mental health problems
  • How to find support
  • An online community to connect with others
  • Mental health stories
  • Signposting to helplines and support services.
The website also includes information and support specific to young people aged 11-18 and their parents/carers.



MoodTracker

MoodTracker is a web app that lets you track moods and sleep patterns helping to manage depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.



OCD Action

OCD Action is the largest UK charity for OCD providing:

  • Information on OCD
  • Access to online forums, helplines, and support groups

Young people can contact the e-Helpline via the email: youthhelpline@ocdaction.org.uk.



Apps for Teens and Young Adults

This section lists apps which can help teens and young adults with depression, anxiety, stress, and low mood.

MindShift

MindShift is a free app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it. The app:

  • Lists symptoms of anxiety
  • Offers strategies to manage worry, panic, conflict, ordinary anxiety, test anxiety, social anxiety, and perfectionism
  • Contains relaxation exercises
  • Also available on google play
  • Free to use



Stop, Breathe & Think

Stop, Breathe & Think is a meditation and mindfulness app designed specifically for teens and young adults to help build self-awareness. The app:

  • Lists symptoms of anxiety
  • Gets users to complete a daily wellness check-in that helps identify their five emotions
  • Processes responses and recommends mindfulness exercises such as: meditation, deep-breathing, yoga, mindful walks, aerobic workouts
  • Free to use



Three Good Things

Three Good Things is a free, digital gratitude journal.



Headspace

Headspace is a mindfulness app that uses meditation to relieve stress, help people focus more and sleep better. The app:

  • Send reminders for teens to complete their daily meditation
  • Keeps track of user’s meditation frequency and duration
  • Allows users to team up with friends to help keep each other on track
  • Is free to try for 14 days but then requires a paid subscription (£49.99/year or £9.99/month).



Calm

Calm is another mindfulness app using meditation and sleep stories to help improve health and happiness. The app:

  • Suggests meditation programs that are tailored to your specific needs and goals
  • Multi-day courses for specific issues e.g., “confidence”, “panic SOS”, “performance anxiety”, and “easing depression”
  • Offers a 7-day free trial then £28.99 billed annually (£2.42/month).



The Self Compassion App

The Self Compassion App is designed to help users feel happier, calmer, and more connected. The app was designed by Dr Chris Irons and Dr Elaine Beaumont and provides scientifically validated practices from Compassion Focuses Therapy (CFT). The app includes:

  • A 28-day course with daily lessons on building self-compassion
  • Visual breathing tools
  • Sleep stories and meditations
  • HIIT and yoga videos to get you moving
  • Mindfulness audio guides
  • Cutting-edge tools to measure and improve your heart rate variability
  • Journaling to create habits of positivity
  • Step-by-step reflective exercises to help you manage difficult emotions
  • Costs £49.99 for the year. Only available on apple devices.

Apps for Younger Children

This section lists apps which can help younger children with depression, anxiety, stress, and low mood.

Your Mindful Garden

Your Mindful Garden is a free mindfulness website-app, designed to help boost mood, focus, and relaxation.

Children can find “Your Mindful Garden” in the CBeebies “Go Explore” app where they will find various games and activities.



Chill Panda

Chill Panda is a family friendly relaxation, breathing exercise and activity app, that helps children to start to understand how their bodies respond to different feelings. Approved by the NHS, the app includes:

  • Combination of mindful activities, such as breathing and colouring
  • An education game in which children complete a series of tasks to learn different ways to reduce anxiety



ThinkNinja

ThinkNinja is a free NHS-approved app aimed at 10-18-year-olds. The app is designed to:

  • Help young people develop an understanding of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues
  • Provide useful coping strategies
  • Links teens experiencing more serious issues through to sources of emergency support
  • The WiseNinja chatbot also uses CBT approaches to guide young users through different areas according to their answers to questions, exploring relevant issues and strategies along the way.