Children and young people

We all know what to do when we have a cold or break a bone, but just like our physical health, our mental health can become unwell too, and it’s often hard to know where to turn.

But mental health problems are very common. In fact, by the time they’re 16, three children in every classroom will have experienced a mental health problem.

If you’re at all concerned about your mental health, or the mental health of a friend or family member, it’s really important to seek help. Sometimes this can be as simple as discussing it with a friend or trusted adult, but sometimes professional help is needed.  Making an appointment with your GP is a good place to start.  We've got some useful guidance on attending that first appointment.

The following resources might help you with how you're feeling.

Thanks to our friends at Place2Be for reviewing these resources.

‘Am I OK?’

A SAMH guide for young people.

‘How to help a friend’

A SAMH guide for young people.

National organisations that offer support

Childline

A free, private and confidential service for anyone under 19 in the UK.

Available: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Phone: 0800 1111

Visit: http://www.childline.org.uk

B-eat

Support and services for those dealing with an eating disorder, including a YouthLine open 4pm – 10pm, every day.

Available: 4pm -10pm every day

Phone: 0808 801 0711

Visit: http://www.b-eat.co.uk

Breathing Space

A confidential out of office hours telephone line for people experiencing low mood, anxiety or depression.

Phone: 0800 83 85 87

Visit: breathingspace.scot

Moodjuice

Offers information and advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions.

Visit: http://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/

NHS 24

NHS24 is a 24-hour health service for Scotland.

Phone: 111

Visit: www.nhs24.com

The Lowdown Information line, by Young Scot

Guidance and support on teenage health.

Available: Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm

Phone: 0808 802 4444

Email: Infoline@young.scot

Visit: http://www.young.scot/get-the-lowdown

Samaritans

24-hour helpline offering emotional support for anyone feeling down, distressed or struggling to cope.

Phone: 116 123

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Visit: www.samaritans.org

The Mix

Free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.

Phone: 0808 808 4994

Visit: http://www.themix.org.uk

Paul’s story

Football was everything to Paul, and through the loss of a friend and former team-mate he now hopes to create a positive sport environment for the pupils he will soon teach.

Read Paul's story

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