Depression

We know that it’s vital that you and your whole family get the right support at the right time when a child or young person is struggling with depression. This is where you’ll find out how to find help for children, teens and students with depression.

Depression

Teen Depression & Depression in Children

The Sky Badger team have been working tirelessly to gathering some of the very best mental health charities and organisations available to help you in the UK. Many of these charities and organisations also support family members and friends too. You can find advice, information, counselling, helplines and much, much more.

If you can't find what you're looking for, just contact the Sky Badger helpdesk and we'll do our very best to to find you the support you need.

Find help here...

The Mersea Island Festival has been an annual event each August at Essex Outdoors Mersea. The Festival aims to bring together young people with or without a physical or learning disability. The camps are ideal for Inclusive clubs, Phab and Gateway clubs, Youth Groups and families with disabled young people. They provide an opportunity to try out new activities, make new friends and have loads of fun!!!

Young Minds

Young Minds supports young people with their mental health issues.

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The Oliver Curd Trust

The Oliver Curd Trust provides holiday accommodation to families affected by childhood cancer and other life threatening and life-limiting conditions, including those experiencing bereavement. If you or anyone you know could benefit please contact us!

A site run by students for students who are suffering with mental health issues including depression. Not only do they fundraise and raise awareness but they offer practical and emotional support to students in the UK.

Headmeds

HeadMeds is a website about mental health medication for young people created by YoungMinds.

Young Minds has lots of ways to help children and young people who are experiencing any kind of mental health problem. They run a range of schemes to help promote good mental health in schools across the UK as well as guidance towards more 1 to 1 support. There is also a managed service by young people for young people to be able to talk with someone who understands their problems.

You can also call the Young Minds Parent's Helpline on: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)

OTHER SOURCES OF HELP....

Here are some other places you can find help, information and support. They may not be specific to self depression but as broader mental health charities, they'll have lots of help that you might find really useful.

Children's Society

The Children's Society offer a variety of services to support children and young people with Mental Health issues, mostly they are at regular drop in services around the UK. Centres offer support and counselling.

The Mix

If you're under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat. You can also use their phone counselling service, or get more information on support services you might need.

CAMHS

CAMHS is part of the NHS mental health services, specifically dedicated to children and young people in England. They can provide a range of services and people to help including help from psychiatrists, psychologists, support workers, nurses and occupational therapists.

You may need a referral from someone who works with your child, often a general practitioner (GP), teacher or social worker. However, some clinics also accept self-referrals from young people or parents and carers.

Family Lives is a parenting and support network for anything family related. They provide a variety of services including a confidential UK helpline and forums. There are also lots of helpful videos and blogs.

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BROWSE ALL MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Use our directory to find lots of other charities and organisations here to help you and your whole family.

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Insurance

Find holiday insurance for pre existing conditions & autism.

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Make a Wish

Find lots of make a Wish Charities to make your child's dreams come true.

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Holiday Grants

Find lots of charities giving holiday grants for you and your family.

Not sure where to turn?

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Contact our helpdesk

Do you need specific help for your disabled or special needs child? Click here to tell us more about what you're looking for and our helpdesk team will do their very best to find you what you need. All of our advice is confidential and we will not share your details or personal information with anyone.

Lost in Transition – Part 9

Max

The Crying Game

Between you and me I feel waves of guilt resurface when I go to Max’s medical appointments. This is odd, and I really hope I’m the only mum that feels this, but I still kind of blame myself for everything that’s gone wrong for Max. After all, my only job was to grow a baby like everyone else, pretty much everybody else managed it just fine. But somehow I screwed it up and now Max has so many more challenges, challenges he shouldn’t have. Challenges that don’t feel fair.

I find myself thinking about horrid people, bad people, wondering why things don’t seem to happen to them. I read about mums shooting up, boozing it up while pregnant and it makes me crazy. Seriously, I even gave up coffee, did the folic acid stuff and took up Yoga (I hate yoga). I hate feeling like this. I know it doesn’t help to wallow about my pregnancy history with Max but I can’t help myself going back there…perhaps it was that crop sprayer when I went on a walk? Or fumes when I painted his nursery? Maybe it was all those microwave meals in the 80’s? Or the mechanically retrieved meat products, the only stuff I could afford at college? Maybe it was the oil-paint or the canvas primer I worked with day and night? Or maybe it was some genetic curdling and if I had married anyone else then Max would be OK?

And then I think about Max...

And this, dear friends, is why I telling you this. Max doesn’t think his life is unfair. Max is the happiest, coolest kid I know. He loves school, has incredible mates, a girlfriend, he’s talented, he knows what he wants to do, he’s tall, handsome and most importantly he’s happy in his own skin. Max likes himself and everyone else likes him too…so what makes me think I have any right whatsoever to feel anything other than proud?

It turns out that my job was never to grow some mythical perfect little man. It was to help whoever my little man turns out to be to have the most exciting and adventurous journey he can have. And yup, it’s a serious fight some days and that chocolate cake and ‘do not disturb’ sign still call but that’s not what it’s about. Doctor Bob, Head teacher Bob, TA Bob, my extraordinary family, my warrior friends…we’re Max’s team. It’s impossible to feel lost in a team.

 

If you’re in the same place, you might want to check out these useful links…

The National Autistic Society- http://www.autism.org.uk

Epilepsy Action - https://www.epilepsy.org.uk