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Emotional and mental health support for young people

Emotional and mental health support for children and 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 UK useful links:

Support for children and young people with a learning disability and/or autism

Find out about support available from the NHS for children and young people with a learning disability, autism, or both, who have been or may be about to be admitted to a mental health inpatient hospital.


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
  • Independent Advocacy - advocacy for anyone living in Wokingham who needs support to have their voice heard

You don't have to face sexual assault, harassment 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


Kooth logo

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.

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
  • Young Minds - 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

Mental Health Support Team (MHST) logo

Within Wokingham the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust has launched a new Mental Health Support Team (MHST). 

The team will support children and young people with emerging, mild or moderate mental health difficulties which may be affecting day to day life.  

To read further information on the service and to find out who is eligible to access it, please visit the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) web page.

Please also visit our Emotional Wellbeing Hub.

The Emotional Wellbeing Hub is for people who have concerns about the emotional or mental health of a child or young person aged between 0 and 19 years. The service is also available if you're a young person needing support.

Visit our Emotional Wellbeing Hub web page for details on the support offered by the service. 

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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