We recommend that you and your child take a look at Kooth.com. Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Young people can chat online with Kooth counsellors, read articles written by young people and get support from the Kooth Community. It can provide vital support while you’re waiting for an appointment with a Number 22 counsellor.
Young Minds is a charity with a really useful website with information on issues which children may be struggling with for example bullying, self-harm, eating issues and so on. There is also a Parent’s Helpline and a guide to accessing CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health, the NHS service for Young People’s Mental Health).
Family Friends are a local charity based in Windsor and Maidenhead who provide short term support to families who are facing difficult times and enable them to get back on their feet. Their help is free, confidential and open to any family living in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead with a child aged 0 – 13 years and up to 18 years for Armed Service families. At Number 22 we don’t work with children under 11 years old (School Year 6 and below) so we recommend that you speak to Family Friends and your GP for support with younger children.
The Carers Trust has a section on their website dedicated to Young Carers and how to get support.
Al-Anon is a charity for people who are worried about someone with a drink problem. Alateen is for younger family members who need support.
AnDY is a specialist clinic for the treatment of anxiety and / or depression in children and young people in the Berkshire area.
As with any health issue, your family GP / Doctor’s Surgery is your first point of contact if you have a concern about your child’s mental health. Please do contact us to put your child on our waiting list but you may also want to get their physical health checked out to check that there aren’t any underlying causes.
The National Self Harm Network is a registered charity which supports individuals who self-harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life. They also support and provide information for families and carers of individuals who self-harm.
Please see the following information booklets:
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. 1 in 6 young people aged 5 to 16 will suffer from poor mental health – it can affect anyone, but many young people feel they need to pretend nothing is wrong.