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Social, emotional and mental wellbeing

Getting advice

If you're worried about your child's wellbeing, with friends, at school, or at home, there are organisations that can help. 

Local organisations

National organisations 

  • ChildLine is a free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people aged up to 18. 
  • Dad info for fathers gives free expert advice and support from legal issues, child development to financial advice and more.
  • Family Lives offers parenting and family support, online chats, a helpline and parenting classes.
  • Gingerbread supports one parent families. They provide free membership and run local friendship groups.
  • MeeTwo App uses social media and peer support to boost the mental wellbeing of young people, together with Young Minds and the NSPCC.
  • MindEd is a free educational resource for adults on children and young people's mental health.
  • NSPCC is a charity campaigning and working in child protection.
  • Samaritans is a 24-hour telephone helpline offering emotional support to people experiencing distress or despair.
  • The Mix offers free information and support for young people aged 13 to 25 about sex, relationships, drugs, mental health, money and jobs.
  • Think U Know is a guide to Internet safety and safe surfing for young people (5 to 14+).
  • Young Minds is the UK's leading charity which aims to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
  • Young Minds for Parents gives advice and support for parents worried about their child's behaviour, emotional problems and mental health.
  • Youth Access has details of local youth counselling services for young people aged 12 to 25. You can search to find your nearest service.

Bullying

If you’re worried about bullying, you should check your school website to see their anti-bullying policy. You can also get support from:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) support

  • Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre gives teenagers aged 13 to 19 the chance to meet other young people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans, or think they might be.
  • The Albert Kennedy Trust supports LGBT people aged 16 to 25 who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.
  • Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain.
  • Gendered Intelligence runs arts programmes, creative workshops, mentoring, and youth group sessions for trans youth across the UK.
  • Mermaids offers family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues.

Eating disorder support 

  • Beat is the UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape.

ADHD support