Is lockdown getting you down? If you think that you need someone to talk to at the moment – there is lots of support out there:
If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, email or chat online about any problem big or small
Freephone 24h helpline: 0800 1111
School Nursing Service – Kent Community Health
Parents/young people can self-refer (or school can fill out the form on their behalf).
It’s worth noting, that if parents have health insurance through their employer this often covers counselling for family members and is the quickest way to get counselling for a child.
For adult mental health – adults can self-refer without going to the GP.
It may have changed, but as at November 2020, this NHS funded service had the shortest waiting time.
MindEd For Families
MindEd for Families is funded by DfE and is intended to support parents and those caring for children and young people in their family when they are concerned about a young person’s mental health or well-being.
YoungMinds is a fantastic website that has loads of information and advice for both young
people and parents, including a parent’s helpline
Mind is a great source of information and advice on mental health and wellbeing for adults and children alike (including issues caused by the Pandemic). The link below offers information to young people about understanding how they are feeling.
The site also signposts you to locally run services and support.
You can also call on 0300 123 3393
Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service for children and young people, which can be accessed via a mobile, laptop or tablet. Children/Young people can be signposted to Kooth or can sign up themselves to access free and safe online mental health and wellbeing support, so no referral is required. The online counselling is provided by a professional team of qualified counsellors and emotional wellbeing practitioners and is available 12pm -10pm during the week and at the weekend from 6pm to 10pm.
Alongside the counselling, there are other online tools and features they can use, such as a daily journal, mini activities and Kooth’s magazine, with peer to peer and community elements. All of these are safe, secure, pre moderated and age appropriate.
This is a self help anxiety management app for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety.
Pacifica is an app designed for daily use to help users reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Its aim is to help calm you down in moments of stress or anxiety using deep breathing, muscle relaxation, positive visualisation, mindfulness, meditations and more.
When you feel negative thoughts taking over, this app is designed to help you overcome them.