Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Web Links
MindMate is a new Leeds website for families, professionals, children and young people around youth mental health. If you’re a young person, MindMate can help you understand the way you’re feeling and find the right advice and support. If you’re a parent, carer or professional, MindMate can help you support a young person you know.
Leeds CAMHS website has useful information for Leeds Schools on advice, referrals, training, Evidence Informed Practice and other areas.
Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils.
Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers. You can find a confidential parents helpline, info about their campaigns, their publications and help and guidance for children & young people. They also advise professionals including teachers, school nurses, social workers and counsellors.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have a free network called 'Schools in Mind' where school staff and allied professionals can share practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools. The network provides a trusted source of up-to-date and accessible information and resources that school leaders, teachers and support staff can use to support the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in their care. We would particularly like to highlight “Measuring and monitoring children and young people's mental wellbeing: a toolkit for schools and colleges.” The resource helps schools and colleges think through why and how they might choose to measure student mental wellbeing; signposts a range of validated (tried and tested/ robust) survey questions and instruments that can help them to do this, and shares insights from schools and colleges on their experiences.
Childline offers free and confidential phone and online support lines to children and young people in need. They also offer online counselling via their website.
Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. Time to Talk Day is their central campaign, which encourages people to talk about their mental health, The website has lots of information around anti-stigma as well as many free resources, including excellent video content.
Rethink Mental Illness helps millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes and changing lives. Today they directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone. Their website is full of advice, support and resources.
Mind is National Mental Health Charity who won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Northpoint Wellbeing, formerly Leeds Counselling, is a registered charity with a mission to help people experiencing emotional distress. They work across West Yorkshire, and offer a range of services, including an Early Start Counselling Service for parents & carers of under 5s in Leeds and School Counselling Leeds for children & young people in Leeds.
Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just generally improving your emotional wellbeing, the NHS Choices Moodzone is here to help. It offers practical, useful information, interactive tools, and videos to support you on your way to feeling better.
Big White Wall is a safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals. Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained ‘Wall Guides’ ensure the safety and anonymity of all members.
Relate are the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and every year they help over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships. The website has a free Live Chat service, where anyone can chat in real time with one of their trained counsellors completely confidentially.
Rise Above is a new website developed by Public Health England to boost resilience among 11-16 year olds by teaching them the skills needed to make better decisions in ‘risky’ situations such as smoking, drugs, drinking, relationships and sex. They also have bullying and cyberbullying lesson plans.
Parent Gym is an evidence-based parenting programme involving a series of six sessions proven to increase parents’ skills and confidence and so improve the behaviour and wellbeing of their children.
Place2Be is the leading UK provider of school-based mental health support, unlocking children's potential in the classroom and beyond. Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play.
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so. There are lots of free resources including webinars, resource packs and e-learning for universities.
If you are interested in teaching and education and you struggle to stay informed with the latest research, policy and guidance, The Education Elf, part of the National Elf Service page, will keep you up to date with high quality research and summarise it for you in a simple, clear and engaging way. We highly recommend reading Evidence-based school-based mental health programmes; the extent of their implementation worldwide.
Understanding mental health can be tricky but The Mix is here to make sure you don’t have to do it alone. Whether you’re worried about your mental health, or someone else’s, they have everything you need to know about mental health, from anxiety and depression to self-care and counselling.
Fixers are young people using their past to fix the future. They are motivated by personal experience to make positive change for themselves and those around them. There are many mental health topics within the fixers videos that may be useful resources within school.
Young Stonewall is the site for all young people to find out about issues affecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people at home, at work and at school.
MindEd provides free, completely open access to online education available on tablets, phones or computers – bite sized chunks of 'e-learning' - to help adults support wellbeing and identify, understand and support children and young people with mental health issues. In addition MindEd also provides a state of the art evidence based review of e-therapies.
The Leeds Bereavement Forum are a small charity based in Leeds who work to develop and improve bereavement services in the city. They signpost individuals to the most appropriate bereavement service either locally or nationally. You do not need to be referred to them, their service is free and open to all. They also campaign in partnership with Dying Matters nationally and locally.
Doc Ready is a digital tool that helps young people to prepare and make the most out of mental health related GP visits. It helps young people to know what to expect during a GP consultation, plan what to say and record the outcomes of their appointments.
Children's Sleep Charity are a national, award-winning charity supporting children with sleep issues. They provide support for families and accredited training for professionals and commercial organisations.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists Parents and Youth Info Index provides specifically tailored information for young people, parents, teachers and carers about mental health.
Volition is 'an alliance of voluntary sector organisations that either provide mental health services for or work with people who have mental health needs.' While representing mainly adult focused services they produce a useful newsletter about mental health issues in Leeds and adult services to support family work in schools.
Funded by the Department for Education, Behind Closed Doors (the Leeds based Domestic Violence and Abuse charity) has designed, trialled and produced age-appropriate resources to promote Healthy Relationships at Key Stages 1, 2, 3 & 4. At Key Stages 1 and 2, there are full Session Plans, Step-by-Step Guides and Classroom Storybooks and Key Stages 3 and 4 offer a range of relevant topics with short, medium and long, activity or discussion based modules. Whilst focusing on Healthy Relationships, the prevention of dv&a is the underlying theme.
Barca offers free counselling to those who need it, particularly to those for whom it might otherwise be inaccessible. The Reaching Out counselling service is based on Bramley Town Street. It accepts adults and young people from the age of 12 living in LS28, LS12 and LS13.
The Beck project offers wellbeing support for children and young people aged 4-18 in primary and secondary schools across Leeds. Their tailored services are confidential, creative and interactive in order to meet the needs of children and young people and /or their parents and carers. They work in a number of schools across Leeds. There may be charges for some of these services.
The Mind Set is the UK’s first national peer-to-peer coaching network for GCSE and National students. It’s a bold campaign that features 12 student coaches from a variety of academic and diverse backgrounds. They have all recently taken their exams and understand the pressures involved. In a series of short clips, they offer practical and wellbeing advice on how to get through the stressful exam period.
The Children’s Society fights child poverty and neglect, trying to help all children have a better chance in life. Through policy and lobbying, research, campaigns, resources, publications and more, the charity have a range of free resources on their website.
Barnardo's services work with children and young people who have mental health difficulties. They run centres where children and young people can come and they make sure that they have a worker they can trust and who they can talk to. They help them build their confidence and to address the root of their difficulties. They also work with their parents, making sure that parents feel supported. And they stay in close touch with other professionals.
The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition brings together leading charities to campaign jointly on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Papyrus are the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. They draw from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK and speak on their behalf in their campaigns and endeavours to save young lives. They deliver awareness and prevention training, provide confidential support and suicide intervention through HOPELineUK, campaign and influence national policy and empower young people to lead suicide prevention activities in their own communities.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Join the campaign to take a stand against male suicide and get the tools you need for action.
Family Lives provides a 24 hour helpline, advice website, live chat and parenting/relationship support groups. They respond to questions on all aspects of family life that include all stages of a child’s development, issues with schools and parenting/relationship support. They also respond when life becomes more complicated and provide support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying at school, teenage risky behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children.
The Anti Bullying Alliance (ABA) tools for schools website provides teachers and other practitioners working with children and young people with a bank of resources for addressing bullying behaviour and discussing bullying and related issues.
Kidscape works UK-wide to provide individuals and organisations with practical skills and resources necessary to keep children safe from harm. The Kidscape staff equips vulnerable children with practical knowledge and skills around personal safety, as well as reducing the likelihood of future harm.
Counselling Directory has a nationwide database of qualified practitioners, alongside lots of useful information on mental health.
Selfharm.co.uk is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask any questions and be honest about what's going on in your life. These pages will tell you a bit about us as well as pointing you in the right direction if you need to contact us or find out more about our policies and procedures.
The National Self Harm Network is the lead UK charity offering support, advice and advocacy services to people affected by self-harm directly, or in a care role.
National Online Safety believe in empowering parents, carers and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. Every Wednesday they produce guides to focus on specific platforms/risks which they believe trusted adults should be aware of.
Every Mind Matters is a Public Health England Campaign encouraging adults to be more aware of their mental health and helps them to discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing. Encouraging school staff to engage with the programme helps to support a whole-school approach to SEMH.
Teenage Cancer Trust have a range of high quality education resources for schools around what cancer is, signs and symptoms, the importance of healthy living, sun safety, HPV vaccine, the impact of a cancer diagnosis and other topics. Cancer education will be part of the National Curriculum in England from 2020 and the resources are designed to help teachers meet the curriculum requirements around cancer.
This tool from Public Health has been developed to support an intelligence driven approach to understanding and meeting need. It provides commissioners, service providers, clinicians, services users and their families with the means to benchmark their area against England, region or similar populations. It collates and analyses a wide range of publically available information on:
- Identification of need;
- Protective factors;
- Primary prevention: Adversity;
- Primary prevention: Vulnerability;