Finding the right advice and support

This page is dedicated to providing links to areas of support  concerning mental health. Starting with links to directories, enabling you to search services available in your area,  other organisations are listed in alphabetical order. It includes:

Sites for you, as educators, to find out more in depth information/ support.

Sites to signpost young people to so they can access support when not in school. 

Sites to signpost families to so they can seek more information/ support. 

Youth Wellbeing Directory

Run by the Anna Freud Centre for Children and families, the youth directory  lists services and organisations (local and national) for young people up to the age of 25. Useful for if you are looking to signpost students or their families on to further help.

Search services for young people in your area

Hub of Hope

The hub of hope lists services available to adults. Whilst schools are primarily concerned with the welfare of their pupils, it is important to recognise the importance of parental mental health. On occassion it may be necessary to signpost the familiy towards services, although would advise the importance of seeking advice from school's safeguarding lead if this is the case.

 Search adult services here

ADHD Foundation

The ADHD foundation works with young people, families, schools and doctors, to increase understanding and management of ADHD and related learning difficulties.  The foundation also provides training for teachers and other professionals.

ADHD Foundation

The National Autistic Society

7 in 10 children with autism have a mental health issue. It is vital the correct advice and support is given to ensure that children on the spectrum negotiate their way through the challenges of school and growing up. 

The National Autistic Society


BEAT: Eating Disorders

This site specialises in Anorexia Nervosa, Bulima and Binge Eating Disorder. As well as a help line and chatroom, it also has specific support groups that both young people and their parents can access online.

BEAT: Eating Disorders

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust: Educational Resources for older teenagers

Set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life, this trust aims to educate young people on emotional wellbeing.  The link leads to resources for young people, schools and parents on coping with depression and issues such as self harm.  There is also  information on coping with the stresses of GCSEs.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust



Childline has afabulous website that offers advice and support with regards to mental health. Young people can confidentially join, without the need for an email address, and once they have an acccount they can:

Talk to a 1-2-1 to a counsellor

Access message boards to get advice from other young people in a similar situation

Safely save pages and information so they can reaccess it at a later date.

Click here to access Childline.

The eBody Project: Examining realistic body expectations

This online project is aimed at young adolescent women. It allows them to examine realistic body expectations through looking at the facts and finding the consequences of aspiring to unrealistic body types.

The eBody Project

Gendered Intelligence: Addressing gender issues

This website offers support and advice for young people, parents and professionals in helping people under the age of 21 deal with questions of gender identity.

Gendered Intelligence

Kids Health: provides children, teens and parents healthand development information

This is an excellent website, that answers all questions parents, children or teenagers could have about their health (physical and mental) and growing up. Separated into areas appropriate to each audience, there is not only information, but also games, quizzes, recipies and so on. Well worth signposting young people, and their families to. 

Teen Health

Kids Health

Kooth: Online Mental Health Support

Click on link to find out if your area is covered.

Kooth is anonymous online counselling service for children and young adults. It is supported by NHS Trusts, however you will need to log on to check if your area is covered before recommending.

Click here to find if your area is covered.

MIND - the mental health charity

13 people, aged 28 -25 talk about what it's like to live with a mental health problem and what helps them cope.


This site offers lots of information on a whole host of mental illnesses, tells individual's stories and informs of training in your local area. In addition it gives up to date news on issues in the press and campaigns to improve awareness of mental health issues.




NHS Self Help Guides

Produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS foundation trust, these self help guides, offer advice on a range of mental health issues including abuse, anxiety, bereavement, self harm, depression, eating disorders, problems with sleep, and more. Available in a booklet form and as an easy read, whilst not directly aimed at young people, they are an accessible source of information to help inform a professional conversation with the young person.

Click here for NHS Self Help Leaflets.

Papyrus: Suicide Prevention #ClassOf2018

Papyrus is a charity that works to prevent young suicide.  Their campaign Save the #ClassOf2018 has been launched to raise awareness of suicide in school children and to help build suicide safer schools. The link below leads to a page that gives more information about the campaign; if you scroll to the bottom of the page, there is a link to download the full suicide safer schools guide.

Find out more about #ClassOf2018 and suicide safer schools

Selfharm UK

This site offers advice and support for young people, parents and professionals. It also has links to resources and training. 

Selfharm UK

Teen Drug an Alcohol Abuse

Drugs and alcohol have a greater effect on teens than on adults.  Many adolescents don’t realise the long-term damage drugs have on their bodies because the short-term side effects fade. If you have questions about drug abuse or think that your teen has an addiction this site can help.

Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Stonewall: LGBTQ support

This website offers support and advise for young people identifying as LGBTQ. 


Winston's Wish: Helping young people experiencing bereavement during childhood

This charity is dedicated to helping young people experiencing bereavement during childhood, talk about, cope with and manage their feelings.  Support is available for the child, family and schools, via phone or online.

Winston's Wish