Young people's mental health and wellbeing

It is important that children and young people feel they can speak about their emotional wellbeing and mental health openly, and know where they can get help if necessary. We have different resources for children and young people, parents and carers, and staff.

Looking after, and talking about, the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people is just as important as physical health. Children and young people can experience many different new situations and pressures in lots of areas of their lives, which can affect their emotional wellbeing - such as friends, family and relationships; school and exams; college, university, jobs or unemployment.

Some children and young people may be facing mental health problems, when issues such as poor self esteem, low mood, confused thoughts, stress and anxiety may be disrupting their ability to enjoy life.

Mind Young Health

Mind Young Health is a compilation of nationally available web based resources for Young People or Parents and Carers or Staff and Support Workers. They provide information and support which could improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people and provide guidance to parents/carers and staff:

  • Helplines, online chats and message boards
  • Advice on mental health issues, case studies on personal experiences, and information on coping techniques
  • Access to training
  • Other contacts and directories of services.

The websites have all been included according to a set of criteria including: run by a nationally recognised organisation; providing access to a helpline; and the content of the website, the language used, and the appearance.

Supporting children and young people at risk of self harm and suicide

To support children and young people at risk of self-harm and suicide, we have a icon Supporting Children and Young People at risk of Self Harm and Suicide Booklet [2Mb] and a icon Self Harm and Suicide Quick Reference Guide [4Mb]. If you or someone you know may be at risk, you may wish to visit our Child protection pages for more information.

The truth about self-harm for young people and their friends and families

This truth about self harm booklet aims to help you understand more about self-harm and what to do if you are worried about yourself or someone else. It explains what self-harm is, what to do if you or someone you know is self-harming, and how to get help.