Health & Welfare

Mental Wellbeing

MindEd provides free online resources to help adults to support wellbeing and identify, understand and support children and young people with mental health issues.

Anxiety: Recent research suggests that as many as 1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety condition at some point in their lives.

YoungMinds is a charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and young people. They provide a confidential phone helpline for parents if they are worried about their son or daughter.

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Youth in Romsey is a confidential support centre for young people aged 11-25 years. They can support young people on any issue including counselling, employment, education, financial help, sexual health and mental health.

Eastleigh Youth Counselling Services Counselling can give young people the opportunity to talk about any worries, concerns or difficulties. The service is free and confidential for 11 to 19 years of age. At EYCS the Counsellors are specially trained to listen and support individuals through tough times. They can help them work at the changes they want to make.

No Limits No Limits is a charity that offers information, advice, counselling, advocacy and support for young people under 26 living in Southampton and Hampshire.

italk is a free psychological therapy service within south Hampshire available to people over the age of 16 who have problems such as depression and/or anxiety. This could include obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic and posttraumatic stress disorder. details about how to book an appointment are on the website or call 02380 383920. Young people who are self-referring will need their 10 digit NHS Number to complete the self-referral.

Catch22 delivers a wide range of integrated support services designed to help resolve difficulties experienced by young people and their families/carers. They provide early intervention, targeted and specialist support services to those in crisis, leaving care, missing from home or with substance misuse or mental health problems; supporting families, parents/carers experiencing domestic abuse, substance misuse, emotional issues, homelessness or unemployment.

Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. The website contains lots of things that individuals can do to help spread the word about Time to Change, to get people talking about mental health, and support friends, family or colleagues. It contains a specific section for parents on talking to your child about mental health.

HeadMeds – website developed by the charity YoungMinds providing general information about common medications that may be prescribed for children and young people with diagnosed mental health conditions.

The NHS choices website offers advice about stress, anxiety and depression and also has a section on improving mental wellbeing, as well as lots of other information sections.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPSYCH) – Provide specifically tailored information for young people, parents, teachers and carers about mental health through their Parents and Youth Info A-Z

General advice for young people: www.getconnected.org.uk Get Connected offers information and a free UK-wide email and telephone helpline for young people. Helpline staff have access to a comprehensive database of information about counselling and all sorts of specific services, such as drug and alcohol services or those focused on particular issues like sexuality or self harm. They will talk things through and help you find the appropriate service in your local area. Calls are free from most mobiles and they can connect you to most of the services for free too.