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...

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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.

Self Harm

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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 self harming. 

What is Self Harm?

Self-harm is when somebody injures or hurts themselves on purpose.

It can be a way some people cope when they are overwhelmed or are in emotional pain.

Self harming can make some people feel like they are relieving an unbearable tension or as a way to show how they feel.

Sometimes people  feel as if it's a way of punishing themselves.

Self harm can be a cry for help.

Self Harm

The Sky Badger team have been working tirelessly to gathering the very best self harm and mental health charities available to help you. This is where you'll find out about what help and support is available to you both nationally and locally.

Many of these charities and organisations also support family members and friends too. You can find advice, information, counselling, helplines and much, much more.

Things to look out for if you’re worried about your child

Warning signs…

  • Do they have unexplained cuts or bruises, usually on their wrists, arms, thighs and chest?
  • Do they keep themselves covered up all the time?
  • Are they depressed? Do they have a low mood or are they tearful?
  • Does your child lack motivation or interest in anything?
  • Are they suffer from self-loathing?
  • Are they becoming withdrawn and not speaking to friends and family?
  • Has the way they eat changed? Or have they lost or gained weight?
  • Do they have signs of low self-esteem?
  • Does your child blame themselves for things that aren’t their fault?
  • Do they not think they're not good enough?

Why do people self-harm?

Self-harm is more common than many people realise, especially among younger people. It’s conservatively estimated that about 10% of young people self-harm at some point but people of all ages do.

Most of the time, people self harm as a way of coping with problems at school, being bullied, problems with relationships, traumas like a death in the family, or other mental health issues. When these problems build up, they can lead to anger, guilt, hopelessness and self-hatred.

Self harming can become a way to deal with pent-up feelings.

Teenage self harm & self harm in children

Find help here...

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)

SelfHarmUK

Self-Harm UK

Self-Harm UK is a project dedicated to young people with mental health issues and who self harm. They have a range of information and facts for both young people and parents and also ways to contact someone for help. They often signpost young people to resources local to them for the most effective outcome.

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Self Injury Support helps girls and women who harm themselves (often called self-injury). They run text and email support, offer a Women’s self-injury helpline, produce information and publications about self-injury, deliver talks and self-injury training courses to professionals and support self-injury self-help groups.

Harmless

Harmless support people and their families who have issues surrounding self harm in the UK with a range of user led solutions.

They offer services to local government and organisations wanting more information about this condition.

They also manage the Tomorrow Project which is a support structure for people who have suicidal thoughts.

 

Childline helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any Mental Health issues. You can talk to the confidential team through a free helpline or by their online 1-2-1 counsellor chat. You can speak to them in English or Welsh and there is someone available day or night.

NSHN

NSHN are a forum based organisation that support people who self harm and the people that care for them in the UK.
They engage people in open and honest discussion and provide the right information and agencies who can support them further. The forum is managed and closely monitored 24/7

LifeSigns

LifeSigns are a user led charity that provide support and guidance for people who self injure themselves. They run and monitor a forum for people to be able to discuss how they are feeling and get feedback from other people in similar situations.

They also a variety of techniques and guidance strategies for young people.

OTHER SOURCES OF HELP....

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

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.

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.

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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.

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Rethink will guide you to Mental Health Support Services in the UK or information through their helpline (restricted hours) or online information service. They have lots of useful guides about how to maintain good Mental health and who to ask for support when you need it.

Student Minds

Student Minds run groups so that students experiencing mental health difficulties have access to a supportive environment in which they can talk about life, university and what they are doing to keep their lives on track.

Browse all mental health support

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

Eating Disorders

What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is when someone has an unhealthy attitude towards food.

That can mean eating too little or too much. Someone with an eating disorder can also become obsessed with weight and body shape.

Eating disorders can make them ill and take over their lives. Everyone can develop an eating disorder at any age.

Its important to know that eating disorders can be very serious but there are ways to help.

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Types of eating disorders

Anorexia nervosa

Keeping weight as low as possible by not eating enough food and/or exercising too.

Bulimia

Eating a lot of food in a very short amount of time. This is sometimes called ‘binging’. After a ‘binge’ people with bulimia make themselves sick on purpose, use laxatives, limit what they eat or do too much exercise.

Binge eating disorder (BED)

Often losing control of how they eat. That might include eating large portions of food until they feel uncomfortably full. This is sometimes called ‘binging’. After ‘binging’ people with BED will often feel distressed or guilty.

Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED)

When the type of eating disorder isn’t exactly the same as the different types we’ve talked about above but still seriously affect health and relationships with food. Most people with eating disorders fit into this category.

Things to look out for if, the Warning signs...

  • Have they had a dramatic weight loss?
  • Are they lying about how much they eat and when they’ve eaten?
  • Are they lying about how much they weigh?
  • and when they've eaten, or how much they weigh
  • Are they eating a lot of food very fast?
  • Do they often go to the bathroom straight after eating?
  • Do they too much and/or too often?
  • Do they avoid eating with friends, family or in public?
  • Do they cut their food into small pieces or eating really slowly?
  • Do they wear loose or baggy clothes to hide the way they look?

If you’re worried, start a conversation. You can encourage your child to go to the GP, you can also find lots of help, advice and support through the organisations below.

Find Help here for anorexia, bulimia & another eating disorders...

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Anorexia & Bulimia Care

ABC provide practical and emotional support as well as on-going therapy to those with an eating disorder in the UK.
They have a helpline as well as online discussion groups for friends and family too.

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The Eating Disorder Expert gives extensive information on the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. They also have a very good article about advice for parents.

BEAT provide a variety of eating disorders support services through helplines and message boards as well as factsheets and advice about all kinds of eating disorders.

Eating Disorders Support

Eating Disorders Support's aim is to gather together as much information about the various different types of eating disorders, related problems and treatment options and present the information in a way that people can access easily.

Men Get Eating Disorders Too

Men Get Eating Disorders Too is a charity run by and for men with eating disorders including their carers and families. Their website provides essential information that is specific to the unique needs of men and an online space for those affected to get their voices heard through peer support via our face to face groups and online.

Young Minds

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 eating disorder specific but as broader mental health charities, they'll have lots of help that you might find really useful.

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.

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.

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.

The Counselling Directory

Find local help here

NHS Psychological therapies

Click here to Find local NHS Psychological therapies and services.

Browse all mental health support

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

Children’s Mental Health

If you are looking for help for a child, teen or student with mental health issues, then you’ve come to the right place. This is where you’ll find tonnes of organisations with information, advice and support for children's mental health. 

Finding Help for Child & Teen Mental Health

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 mental health problems. 

That’s why the Sky Badger team have been working tirelessly to gathering some of the very best mental health charities & organisations available to help you in the UK.

This is where you’ll find out how to help children, teens and students with mental health issues.

Many of these charities and organisations also support family members and friends too. You can find advice, information, counselling, helplines and much, much more.

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 Other Specific Mental Health Conditions

Keep scrolling down to find lots of mental health support. However, if you're looking for information and advice about a specific condition such as anorexia, self-harming or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, then click the links below.

Find Mental Health Advice & Support

Most of these organisations work with children and young people of all ages although some also specialise in supporting students. Please take your time and don't forget to check out our massive mental health directory for loads more places to find support.

Here are some of our favourites charities working with anxiety in children, teen mental health and student mental health to get you started...

Anxiety in children & teen mental health

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)

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.

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are here to support you.

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to them by calling 0800 1111 or by email using this LINK or you can chat 1-2-1 with a counsellor. Whatever feels best for you.

Mind provides advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem in the UK. They support young people and you can contact them through their helpline or drop in centres around the country.  They offer a range of other services including help with housing or employment concerns and also host training schemes for schools and employers.

Student mental health

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Students Against Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking. Alongside clinically-validated information and resources it presents the experiences, strategies and advice of students themselves – after all, who better to speak to their peers about how depression can be overcome.

Student Minds

Student Minds run groups so that students experiencing mental health difficulties have access to a supportive environment in which they can talk about life, university and what they are doing to keep their lives on track.

Nightline is a listening, emotional support, information and supplies service, run by students for students. Nightlines are open at night, run by trained, caring, fellow student volunteers. Nightline can be contacted by phone, face to face, by email or by online chat. There are Nightline services at many universities around the UK and elsewhere. Additional services such as information and supplies are also often available.

Browse all mental health support

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