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Emotional and mental health support for young people

Emotional and mental health support for young people

If you are having mental health problems, you are not alone. 1 in 4 of us will have problems with our mental health at some point in our lives.

Sometimes it can feel like we don't have any control over what we think or how we feel. At these times we many need to ask for help to make us feel better.

NHS mental health information and support services, include:

NHS Choices useful links:

If you are worried about your mental health there are plenty of ways to get help, as follows

Over 18

  • Community Mental Health Team - for patients, carers, family members, GPs, NHS professionals and anyone else in Wokingham who has questions or concerns about a mental health related issue
  • Rethink Mental Illness (Wokingham) - provides a community support service, offering people with mental illness the support and help they need to regain confidence to engage in everyday activities
  • Mental Health Advocacy - provides advocates who will support and represent another person in a variety of situations, in which they feel unable to represent their own interests
  • Wellbeing in mind - courses for people age 19 Plus
  • Mental Wellbeing - sport and physical Activities
  • Wokingham Mental Health Association - drop in and befriending service, 
  • Samaritans -  provide emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair
  • SEAP - provides confidential, independent advocacy services
  • Independent Advocacy - advocacy for anyone living in Wokingham who needs support to have their voice heard
  • POhWER - information, advice, support and advocacy services. Supporting people who face difficult issues and want to make their voice heard

You don't have to face sexual assault, harrassment or abuse at school alone. It's not ok and never your fault. For advice and support contact NSPCC's (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty) dedicated helpline.

NSPCC Helpline


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Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 11 to 18 years (up to 19th birthday) in Berkshire West with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors.

On Kooth you can: 

  • Chat to our friendly counsellors
  • Read articles written by young people
  • Get support from the Kooth community
  • Write in a daily journal

Read the Kooth online counselling information leaflet (PDF document) for more details.

Visit the Kooth website for further information and to find out how to join the service.

There are a number of wellbeing apps and tools available to help manage difficult periods in a person life.

Visit the NHS website for a list of free mental health apps.

Go to the NHS better health web section for free tools and support to help you improve your health and wellbeing.

The Mix charity has created an app called Stressheads, aimed at helping young people deal with all kinds of life stress, from exam pressure to money problems. Visit The Mix website for further information.

  • Papyrus prevention of young suicide - provide confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person
  • Young Minds - provides information for both parents and young people
  • The Mix - peer to peer support, telephone counselling
  • Big Deal - information and support related to gambling for yourself or those you care about. You can have a live chat with a specialist Adviser who can offer advice and support.
  • MIND - provides information and advice, training programmes
  • Head Meds - general information about medication
  • SANE - mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness
  • CALM - helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.
  • Youth health talk - information for young people, from young people
  • Childline - helpline, peer support via message board, online chat

Local Transformation Plan for young people's mental health

In 2015 the Government wrote a report, called Future in Mind, about why changes in mental health services for children and young people are needed. Using this and the things you told us in 2014 the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) along with ourselves, Reading and West Berkshire Local Authorities came up with a plan for making mental health services for children and young people in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire much better.

To find out what has been done to make things better and what still needs to be done, read the Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Well-being summary (PDF document).

Read our supporting children and young people after frightening events leaflet (PDF document) to find out where you can seek support.

Kooth offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 to 24 years and is available up to 10pm every day.

Visit the Kooth website for further information.

Visit our support information for young people page for further support information.

Go to our young people's web section to find help and support on sexual health, career and education advice, support for young carers and things to do.

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