Mental health & wellbeing resources for children & young people This site includes a number of sections aimed at children, young people, or those supporting them. The text in the dropdown headings below explains where on the site you can find this information. Links to free mental health resources A wide range of free local and national mental health and wellbeing resources, which have been designed especially for children and young people, can be accessed through this site. The materials include: Mental health and wellbeing resources for schools Leaflets, booklets and fact sheets on different aspects of mental health, for young people, parents, carers and staff To find details of these resources: Click the blue button “front line workers” above Then look under the drop down heading “Resources for children, young people & the adults who support them” Support services for children and young people To find details of mental health information and support, which children and young people can access themselves: Click the blue button “children and young people” above Then look under the dark heading “information and support” If a child or young person can't cope and needs support with their mental health right now, click I need urgent help. Signposting or referring a child or young person into services Details of how to refer a child or young person into mental health services are on the front line workers' page. Some of the services listed in this section are specialised and require referral by a professional working with the individual or family. To find this information: Click the blue button “Front line workers” above Then click the drop down heading “Signposting or referring children or young people into services” Local resources to promote support for children and young people You can download resources to promote mental wellbeing and local services, from the drop down headings below. Some of the services and promotional resources, are designed especially for children and young people. ChatHealth Warrington ChatHealth is a secure text messaging service for young people (up to the age of 19), parents and carers. The service can provide information, advice and support on a wide range of health and wellbeing issues. You can find resources (including posters and social media posts), to promote ChatHealth Warrington here. Happy? OK? Sad? Social media postsIf you'd like to promote the Happy? OK? Sad? site on social media, you can download suggested wording for online posts (as a Word document), here. Kooth Kooth provides free, online support and counselling to young people aged 11–18 in Warrington. National resources to promote Kooth, (including posters, social media tiles and videos) can be found here. Let’s Keep Talking - campaign posters The Let’s Keep Talking campaign encourages people, who may be struggling with their mental health during the pandemic, to talk to someone they trust. It also asks us to reach out to people who may be vulnerable or isolated. One of the groups that the campaign focuses on is young people. You can download PDFs of the campaign posters from the links below. The posters signpost people to local and national mental health support services. The Let’s Keep Talking campaign was developed by Champs, the public health collaborative for Cheshire and Merseyside. The Warrington version of the Let's Keep Talking posters can be downloaded from the links below: Healthcare poster (PDF)Young male poster (PDF)Young female poster (PDF)Workforce male poster (PDF)Workforce female poster (PDF)Older male poster 1 (PDF)Older male poster 2 (PDF)Older female poster (PDF) Make Time and the Five Ways to Wellbeing The campaignThe mental wellbeing campaign Make Time encourages us to do everyday things, which can help us feel good about ourselves. The Make Time materials are aimed at adults, but many of the messages are still relevant to children and young people. The Children’s Society slightly adapted the Five Ways to Wellbeing (on which Make Time is based) and included “Be creative and play” as a way for children to improve their wellbeing, (rather than “give”, which is in the adult version of the Five Ways to Wellbeing). Make Time asks us to think about and act on the questions below: When was the last time you laughed until you cried? When was the last time you got up and out? When was the last time you noticed things around you? When was the last time you tried something new? When was the last time you made someone smile? Make Time resources to downloadYou can download the following Make Time resources: Make Time prompt sheet (PDF) This is a full colour, double-sided, A4 resource. The Make Time prompt sheet encourages people to think about what they do now to feel good about themselves and what else they might do. Although it's not aimed at young people, the sheet is clear and colourful and explains the Make Time campaign without using jargon. The sheet could be used in 1-1s with young people, or young people could fill it in themselves. Make Time 5 image sheet (PDF) This is a full colour, single-sided A4 resource, with text explaining each of the Make Time questions. The sheet also includes an image for each question. Make Time word searchesThere are three Make Time word searches, each encourages people to focus on one of the Make Time questions. The Connections and Activity word searches include an explanation of Make Time, while the Take Notice word search has information about mindfulness and how it can help improve mental wellbeing. You can download the word searches and their answers, from the links below: Make Time connections word search (PDF)Answers to connections word search (PDF)Make Time activity word search (PDF)Answers to activity word search (PDF) Make Time take notice word search (PDF)Answers to take notice word search (PDF) Social media postsIf you'd like to promote the Make Time campaign on social media, you can download suggested wording for online posts (as a Word document) here. REACH, crisis text support: social media tiles Cheshire and Merseyside Health Care Partnership commission the SHOUT Text service. Shout provides free, 24/7, text support to anyone who’s feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope, children, young people and adults. You can read more about the support available from the text service on Shout’s website. Each provider Trust across Cheshire and Merseyside is using a different keyword which people in crisis can text to Shout. This will put them in contact with a trained volunteer, who will offer crisis support. People in Warrington, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton can access the service by texting “REACH” to 85258. You can download social media tiles to promote the crisis text service, from the links below. Facebook Click the links below to download social media tiles, to promote the crisis text service on Facebook: Social media tile, man sitting (png) Social media tile, small speech bubbles (png) Social media tile, large speech bubbles (png) Instagram Click the links below to download social media tiles, to promote the crisis text service on Instagram: Social media tile, small speech bubbles (png) Social media tile, large speech bubbles (png) Twitter Click the links below to download social media tiles, to promote the crisis text service on Twitter: Social media tile, man standing (png) Social media tile, man sitting (png) Social media tile, small speech bubbles (png) Social media tile, large speech bubbles (png) Suggested wording for social media posts To help you raise awareness of mental health support services for children and young people, we’ve compiled suggested wording for social media posts. You can down a Word file, with text and graphics to post online, here. National resources Better Health, Every Mind Matters resources This national mental health campaign is aimed at: young people aged 13 to 18 parents/carers of children and young people aged 5 to18 The Better Health campaign aims to: Help people protect and improve children and young people’s mental wellbeing. Build children and young people's resilience to help them cope with the mental health challenges COVID-19 brings. Provide support for children and young people at greater risk of poor mental health. The campaign was developed by Public Health England and is approved by the NHS.There's a range of free resources to help you promote the campaign. These include: social media resources a communications toolkit a PR film a radio advert You can download the resources from PHE's Campaign Resource Centre. COVID-19 and mental wellbeing On the COVID-19 and mental wellbeing page you'll find tips and resources designed to help young people take care of their mental wellbeing due to the pandemic. The information covers: coping with difficult feelings staying connected with friends and family looking after your physical health making time for relaxation links to helpful resources, national support services and government advice Free mental health e-learning A number of local and national organisations offer free e-learning sessions on mental health and suicide prevention. Some organisations (such as CAMHS and MindEd) focus specifically on children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. Other organisations, such as Future Learn, the Open University and Living Life to the Full, offer some free courses or resources, relating to children and young people. More details can be found here.