21st January 2021
Advice for young people
If you’re worried about the impact of coronavirus on your mental health, you are not alone.
The COVID-19 crisis is affecting mental health and wellbeing for people of all ages in lots of different ways.
With the announcement of a third lockdown, it’s normal to feel low, anxious, concerned or frustrated. It’s a difficult time, and we may be facing new challenges, (Mind has some helpful advice around this) but there is no need to suffer in isolation.
There are several local and national organisations who can offer free advice and help you or the people you care about during this tough time.
Our Young Mental Health Ambassadors run a #YouMatterGreenwich Instagram account which promotes positive wellbeing and signposting to different services.
If you’d like to speak to a friendly and understanding professional, there is lots of support below:
It can be difficult to know where to start, but there is lots of support available below:
- MIND | Advice for managing feelings about lockdown easing
- Young Minds |information and helplines for supporting young people during this time, including Young Minds Crisis Messenger: If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis you can text YM to 85258 for free 24/7 support.
- Headscape | free online Mental Health Tool from Oxleas NHS for children and young people in Greenwich
- Kooth | free online anonymous counselling and mental health advice for 11-19 year olds
- Every Mind Matters | online advice and tools for looking after your mental health
- Epic Friends | online advice and tools for children and young people
- Good Thinking | advice and tools aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Londoners
- Look after you – tips and advice that could help improve your mood and reduce worries and anxieties
- Bipolar UK | advice and peer support for young people aged 18-25
- Big White Wall | peer support for over 16’s. Including self-help programmes and creative outlets.
- NHS apps library | including apps related to mental health
- NHS GO | reliable and up to date information for young people
- Think Ninja (Healios) | advice and tools around mental health
If you are looking for some confidential counselling and support, there are several online options where you can speak with experienced professional counsellors:
- Kooth | offers free counselling to people between 11 and 19
- Metro | offer counselling and peer support for young people (up to age 25) who are experiencing issues related to gender, sexuality, diversity or identity
- Time to Talk Greenwich | offers counselling and therapeutic support to people over 16 who are suffering from mild anxiety or depression
- South London Counselling Service | offers counselling to children and young people, which is free for some, following a means test.
- IMAGO | offers online support and advice around mental health and wellbeing.
- The Point | offers support and advice, covering a wide range of issues, to people between 16 and 19.
- Childline | call 0800 1111 to talk to a counsellor, who are there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about.
- Samaritans | confidential counselling and support for people struggling to cope | Call 116 123
- Papyrus | confidential support and advice for young people struggling with thoughts of suicide | Call 0800 068 41 41
- The Mix | counselling and advice about a range of issues online, by telephone and by email | Call 0800 808 4994
If you, or a child or young person you know, is suffering from a more severe mental health issue, here are some contact details of organisations who can help you through this crisis:
- Greenwich Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) – a specialist mental health service for children and young people from birth up to 18 years old and their families.
- Shout – offers 24-hr text support for young people experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Eating Disorder Service – services and support to young people with eating disorders.
Before going to A&E due to a mental health difficulty, please contact the following services for advice:
- If you are a parent and you have concerns about your child’s mental health, please contact 0203 260 5211 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
- Please contact the crisis line on 020 3228 5980 Monday to Friday 5pm-11pm and Saturday to Sunday (and Bank Holidays) 9am to 11pm.
- For all other times please contact the Oxleas Urgent Advice line on 0800 330 8590.
If you are worried about a child or young person you are caring for there are organisations within and outside of the Council who can offer advice on a range of issues:
- Welcare | 0207 820 7910 Practical and emotional services to help families (with children up to the age of 13) to cope with a wide range of difficulties.
- Greenwich Parent Pages Local information and services for children age 0-19.
- Our Family Information Service can offer advice and signposting on a range of issues that may be affecting you and your family, including for children up to the age of 19, or 25 for people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
- Young Minds free Helpline for parents |0808 802 5544
- Minded | A free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health
There is also lots more advice and information here if you are a parent or carer.
If you have concerns about your child’s mental health, please contact:
Helping you Live Well in Greenwich
Live Well Greenwich Line
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Mon-Thurs 8.30am-7.30pm Fri 8.30am-5.30pm Sat 9am-12 noon
(a message can be left outside of these hours).