Wellbeing Support and Information

Talking to children & young people about mental health & wellbeing:

It’s sometimes hard to know where to start if you think your child or young person may be struggling with their metal wellbeing.  You want to help – but this can be a difficult subject to talk about. We’ve put together a simple guide to help you to talk about mental wellbeing and mental health with the children and young people in your life.

The Nest in Southwark provides free Mental Health and Wellbeing support for young children and families.

Support if you are in crisis

If you find yourself in crisis, call 999 or go to A&E
If you are under 18, you can call the Southwark Child & Adolescent Services Crisis Line:
0203 228 5980
Weekdays 5pm – 10pm
Weekends 9am – 9pm

Papyrus UK:
Call their Hopeline – 0800 068 4141
Text their Hopeline – 07860039967
9am – midnight, every day of the year (including weekends and bank holidays)

24/7 Crisis Line: 116 123
If you are over 18, you can call the South London and Maudsley 24/7 Crisis Line:
0800 731 2864 

The Mix: 24/7 Under 25s Crisis Text Line:
Text THEMIX to 85258 

24/7 Crisis Text Line Text YM to 85258

Wellbeing & Mental Health advice and support

For advice and support for young people, visit Young Minds
For additional online support for young people, visit  Kooth
For support around bullying including cyber-bullying visit BullyingUK
For tips during the coronavirus for young people, visit Time To Change
For resources for young people, visit Youth Access
For information and advice, visit Mind
For advice and support, visit Rethink Mental Illness
For advice and support, visit Every Mind Matters

Parent & guardians advice & support

For ‘COVIBOOK’, an online booklet about COVID-19 for children under 7, visit Mindheart
For resource packs for parents/guardians, visit Take a Breath
For information and support, visit The Children’s Society
For information for supporting someone with a learning disability, visit Mencap
For advice for Carers, visit Carers UK
For advice for Parents/guardians to answer questions about COVID-19, visit Place2Be
For advice and resources for supporting someone with autism, visit National Autistic Society
For advice for families, visit Family Lives
For information for parents/carers of young people with mental health issues, visit MindEd
For advice for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, visit Refugee Council

Apps to boost mental wellbeing

For mindfulness, try Headspace
For free relaxations, meditations & help with sleeping better, try Insight Timer
For positive affirmations, try Affirmations
For tracking your mood, try My Possible Self
For recognising your thoughts, try Catch It
For tracking mood and body during your menstrual cycle, try Clue
For helping to resist the urge to self-harm, try Calm Harm
For tracking your mood using games, try Thrive

More Mental Wellbeing Apps

For managing emotions and resisting the urge to self-harm, try Blue Ice
For managing eating disorders and self-esteem, try Rise Up
For mindfulness and meditation, try Smiling Mind
To learn how to manage stress, try Chill Panda
For a wellbeing toolkit, try Happy Not Perfect
For managing feelings of anxiety and depression, try Catch It
For managing thoughts using cognitive behavioural therapy principles, try Feeling Good
To create music to express your emotions, try Cove