Local and national organisations to support better mental health

Arts on Referral –  a series of 6 sessions are offered to young people aged between 7 and 17 and suffering from mild to moderate depression or anxiety, stress, loneliness or low self-esteem. This may be for a variety of reasons such as bullying, life changes, asylum seekers, being a young carer, at risk of self-harm, having a learning disability or an autism spectrum condition. The sessions last 1.5-2 hours and are free.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind support for young people – This is the main page for a variety of resources and support for young people. You can find links to apps and services that have been recommended by other young people in Coventry and Warwickshire, wellbeing activities you can work through at your own pace, relaxation videos and mindfulness techniques.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Looked After Children's Services – This service aims to build support around what children and young people feel they need. The type of support that is offered includes creative play and activities, counselling and telephone/text/email support. It can be offered through groups or one-to-one and support is also available to parents and carers. A professional referral is required for this service.

Mind - information for young people aged 11-18 – This page provides information for young people about mental health and wellbeing such as thinking about your feelings, finding support, looking after your wellbeing, talking to your doctor, understanding diagnosis and more.

Young Minds – This site has health and wellbeing information and advice on a whole range of topics. There is advice if you need urgent help in a crisis and there is a whole range of information about feelings and symptoms ranging from bullying through to anger, eating problems, exam stress and grief. You can also find information and advice on a whole range of conditions, for example, ADHD, anorexia, depression and OCD.

Anna Freud On My Mind – Empowering young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing, including support to help you with self-care, urgent help, know your rights and understanding referrals.

Stem4 – supports positive mental health in teenagers. There is information and advice around anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders and addiction as well as for staying on track. There are also a range of apps available to help address self-harm, anxiety and strengthen resilience.

The Mix – supports young people aged 25 or under so you don’t have to feel alone. Find lots of information to help support your mental health from anxiety and depression to self-care and counselling.

Switchboard LGBT+helpline – Phone, chat and email support to help with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off-limits, it is confidential and all volunteers self define as LGBT+

Racism and Mental Health – Being treated differently or unfairly because of our race, skin colour or ethnicity can negatively affect our mental health. Young Minds has information on how to get help if you have experienced racism.

Childline – Get information and advice on bullying, safety and the law, you and your body, your feeling, friends, relationships and sex, home and families, school, college and work. There is a free call number 0800 1111 and online 1-2-1 counsellor chat service.

Support for Young Carers - Childline has information, advice and support for young carers on coping as a young carer, feeling different and getting help and support.

Samaritans – are available to everyone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; a completely confidential and free service.

Shout – This service provides 24/7 help in a crisis. Text shout to 85258.

Papyrus prevention of young suicide – offers help and support for anyone thinking about suicide or for anyone who is worried about someone else.

Hopeline UK – offers support directly to young people and others concerned about a young person.

Student Minds – is the UK’s mental health charity for students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health and support others.

Help2makesense – Young people share what has helped them after a bereavement. There are podcasts, lists of useful materials and tips from other young people who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Ruth Strauss Foundation Family Support Service for families facing grief – Many parents wonder whether they should tell their children when they do not have much longer to live. When the right time might be or what words to use. The family support team offers support and guidance on how a parent/carer might best start this difficult conversation.

Find 24/7 crisis support and more information on counselling, bereavement and suicide prevention in our Mental Health and Wellbeing section for families.