A collection of some of the main sources of wellbeing support for children available in the UK.
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of mental health and wellbeing in children and young people. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing additional stress and anxiety for many, it is more important than ever to ensure that children have access to the support they need to maintain good mental health.
Fortunately, there are a number of wellbeing support services available for kids in the UK. But with so many options it can be a nightmare to figure out which is best. So look no further as here are our top 8 services to support the wellbeing of all children.
Childline is a free, confidential service for children and young people under the age of 19. It provides a listening ear and emotional support for a wide range of issues, including mental health problems, abuse, and bullying. Children can contact Childline by phone, email, or online chat.
YoungMinds is a UK charity that focuses on improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people. It provides a range of resources and support services, including a free helpline and online resources for parents and professionals. YoungMinds also campaigns to raise awareness of mental health issues and improve services for young people.
The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) provides a range of support services for children and families, including advice and support for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. The NSPCC also runs a free helpline for parents and carers who have concerns about a child’s welfare.
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) is an NHS service that provides support and treatment for children and young people with mental health problems. CAMHS teams include a range of healthcare professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and nurses. Referral to CAMHS is usually made through a GP or another healthcare professional.
Place2Be is a UK charity that provides mental health support for children in schools. It works with primary and secondary schools to provide counselling, therapeutic support, and other mental health services. Place2Be also provides training and support for teachers and school staff to help them better support children’s mental health.
The iSpace Wellbeing and #Wonder Curriculums offer an exciting whole school approach to mental fitness and wellbeing. Our curriculums provide an age appropriate framework including who and how to ask for help, and a common language, which encourage conversations about mental, emotional, social and physical wellness to become part of everyday school and home life.
A thoughtful and calming children’s activity book that encourages children to talk about their feelings. To be enjoyed in lessons or by parents, caregivers, teaching assistants or child and family support workers on a one-to-one basis.
It would be remiss of us to not mention Book of Beasties suite of solutions for schools, services and homes. From our wellbeing games that are used by hundreds of thousands of children around the UK, to our Social Emotional Learning Platform, which is an ideal additional to any schools curriculum, or as an inclusive and gentle approach to SEL for parents and carers. You're already here on our website, we welcome you to take a look around. :)
There are many different wellbeing support services available for kids in the UK. Whether it’s through a charity, the NHS or a helpline, as well as many resources available to help children and young people maintain good mental health. It’s most important, however, that children are aware of these services and feel comfortable seeking help if they need it.