- CAMHS Crisis line 0300 303 3972
- CWP Out of Hours Advice Line Children and Young people – 01244 397644 – open 5-10 pm Mon-Fri and 12 pm-8 pm Sat and Sun.
- Mon – Fri: 1-5 pm All-Age Wellbeing Hub CWP Advice line 01606 555120 – For young people, family members and professionals.
Visyon – Offer one to one therapy, therapeutic group work, family support work, therapeutic play, creative activities, mentoring, CBT, solution-focused therapy and parent support groups. Based in Congleton.
Tel – 01260 290000 – www.visyon.org.uk
Relate – Offer children and young people’s counselling for those suffering from mental health problems, problems at school or issues with parents. Nearest centre in Crewe.
Tel – 0300 0030396 – www.relate.org.uk
Hope Again – Supporting children and young people after loss. Offers face to face, group work, telephone and email support. Unfortunately the nearest centre is in Birkenhead, Wirral.
Tel – 0808 808 1677 – www.hopeagain.org.uk
Papyrus – Provide confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. Run a national helpline.
Tel – 0800 068 4141 – https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
Catch22 Cheshire East Family Focus – Provide solution-focused support for families with complex needs including young people involved in crime, children who do not attend school regularly, children who have been assessed as needing support and parents and young people with a range of health problems. Requires a referral through Cheshire East Consultation Service from a professional.
Tel – 01625 487180. Referral number – 0300 123 5012
Bullying UK offers support via a helpline, extensive advice on our website, befriending services, and parenting/relationship support group on any aspect of bullying. Contact them via their helpline 0808 800 2222 or www.bullying.co.uk.
Online Counselling & Support Lines
- www.kooth.com offer “free safe and anonymous” online support for young people.
- Support is available via www.startingwell.org.uk for Cheshire West & Chester residents. This is a website with online support for children and young people.
- ChildLine can be contacted on 0800 1111 or via www.childline.org.uk. This is where someone will ask if a child or young person would like to speak to a counsellor or access a range of helpful resources.
- Parentline Plus is a helpline (0808 800 2222) that offers information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life. The helpline service is open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. They also have a website: www.familylives.org.uk.
- www.motherwellcheshirecio.com offer counselling to mum’s who are experiencing their own anxiety and depressions difficulties (especially in combination with their child’s own MH difficulties), Self referrals can be made via [email protected] or 01606 557666.
NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/talking-to-children-about- feelings
NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/talking-to-your-teenager
Some Other Useful Websites:
This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being.
- Anxiety Canada, formerly Anxiety BC, offer tools and resources to help better manage anxietywww.anxietycanada.com. This website also offers the MindShiftTM app, designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety.
- www.mymind.org.uk is an NHS website, run by CWP CAMHS. This site has been developed for everyone interested in the mental health and well-being of children and young people across Cheshire and Wirral.
- The Sleep Council is an impartial organisation that looks at how you can adopt healthier sleep habits and focuses on raising awareness of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing www.sleepcouncil.org.uk
- Hearing voices and perceiving stimuli which is not actually ‘real’ is a common experience, with voices being typically confused for our internal voice. This is a website that has useful resources to explore this further www.voicecollective.co.uk/about-voices/.
- www.getselfhelp.co.uk offers self-help and therapy resources, including worksheets and information sheets and self help mp3s.
- MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family www.mindedforfamilies.org.uk/young-people
- www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk is designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them.
- www.therapistaid.com create and share worksheets, videos, guides, and other tools to aid mental health professionals in the course of their work.
- www.cwmt.org.uk provide self-help resources to promote resilience and mental wellbeing.
- Headspace – 7 guided mindfulness activities free
- Smiling mind – mindfulness meditation
- Calm – sounds of nature to help meditation
- Virtual hope box – contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking
- Mind shift – anxiety
- Positive Penguins offers an educational app developed for children to help them understand why they feel the way they do and help them to challenge their negative thinking www.positivepenguins.com
Bereavement & Loss
Child Bereavement UK – Offer support for families who have lost a child or support for children who are grieving. The nearest centre is Runcorn where they offer counselling and also a Young People’s Advisory Group. They do also have a helpline and some useful information sheets about children and bereavement.
Tel – 0800 02 888 40 – www.childbereavementuk.org
The East Cheshire Hospice Children’s Therapies Team offers support for families, teachers and healthcare professionals working with bereaved children through training events, group work and face to face counselling for children and teenagers who have experienced the loss of someone important to them. Contact via 01625 610364 or www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/patients- families/children’s-therapies.
St. Luke’s Hospice supports young people and children regarding loss and bereavement within the Mid & South Cheshire area. They can arrange counselling sessions for children individually, as part of the whole family or as a group of young people. Contact them via 01606 555693 or www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk/how-we-can-help/families-carers/bereavement-support-for-children/.
Care for the Family is a national charity that aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties, offering Marriage Support, Parent Support and Bereavement Support. Contact them via 029 2081 0800 or at www.careforthefamily.org.uk
www.winstonswish.org offers support to children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.
www.riprap.org.uk is especially for teenagers who have a parent with cancer.
Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is somewhere that you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone. Contact this service at www.hopeagain.org.uk or via 0808 808 1677.
www.griefencounter.org.uk support bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. Additionally, they can be contacted via their helpline 020 8371 8455.
For substance misuse, www.talktofrank.com/mess-with-your-mind could be accessed. They also have online and telephone support available via their website.
www.changegrowlive.org/content/change-grow-live-cheshire-east/ offer CYP substance misuse services across East Cheshire.
www.adfam.org.uk is a national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol.