Online counselling & support

MindFresh is an App and a website designed to meet the growing need for better communication and support in children and young mental and emotional healthcare. https://Mindfresh.nelft.nhs.uk

 

bigwhitewall.com - The heart of Big White Wall is its community of members, who support, help each other and share what’s troubling them in a safe and anonymous environment. The site is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can find support simply by logging on.

 

Elefriends is a mental health social network, managed by mind. It aims to provide a supportive online community for people aged 18 and over to chat about their lives, including any mental health problems, and just to be themselves https://www.elefriends.org.uk

 

Kooth offers emotional and mental health support to 11-19 year olds (or 25 with SEND). Young people choose an avatar and can have 'drop in' chats with a counsellor or therapist, book a 1:1 session, or talk to other young people anonymously https://kooth.com/

 

Mind provides advice, support and information on an extensive set of topics from sleep problems to suicidal thoughts. https://www.mind.org.uk/
The Mix provides support and information for the under 25’s on a range of topics including, mental health, substances, your body, relationships and others. Also has a free phone number: 0808 808 4994; and a Crisis Messenger service. https://themix.org.uk

 

Samaritans is a charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. You can call Samaritans free on 116 123 from any phone, 24hrs a day, 365days a year. You can also email jo@samaritans.org - someone will reply within 24hrs.

 

Live Well offers advice for improving mental and physical wellbeing for those aged 17+. Provides useful contact numbers if you are in emotional distress and require urgent support.

https://livewellkent.org.uk

 

Childline is a counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, call us on 0800 1111, send Childline an email, or post on the message boards https://www.childline.org.uk/

Apps and websites for wellbeing skills and support

WYSA (Google Play/Apple store) – an ‘emotionally intelligent’ penguin that learns to react to the emotions you express. Over time it gets to know you better and proactively reaches out to help you. It uses evidence-based CBT techniques to help you feel better. You can chat with WYSA using text and photo responses.

 

Headspace is a site which uses meditation and mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety:

https://www.headspace.com/mindfulness

 

Calm Harm provides tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It’s completely private and password protected. It uses ideas from an evidence-based therapy called DBT. The focus is to help learn to identify and manage your ‘emotional’ mind with positive impact. The app enables you to track your progress. (Google Play/Apple store)

 

SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management) – SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety. (Google Play/Apple store)

 

Pacifica gives you psychologist-designed tools to address stress, anxiety, and depression based on CBT, mindfulness, relaxation, and mood/health tracking. Calm down in moments of stress or anxiety using deep breathing, muscle relaxation, positive visualization, mindfulness meditations, and more (Google Play/Apple store)

 

Moodjuice has lots of information to help you think about emotional problems, and work towards solving them. www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk

 

What’s Up? helps you quickly check-in to find perspective with your thoughts and feelings. When you feel negative thoughts taking over, use the app to help you overcome them. The app also has grounding techniques to help you re-center (Google Play/Apple store)

 

Minded Free educational resource on children and young peoples’ mental health for parents and carers. https://www.minded.org.uk

 

Stop, Breathe & Think Kids is a mindful games app designed for kids age 5-10. Kids can check how they are feeling using emojis and try mindful meditations around those emotions. Stickers reward progress and keep mindful activities engaging. (Google Play/Apple store)

 

Mind Shift can help teenagers and young adults manage their anxiety. Gives useful advice and strategies https://anxietybc.com/resources/mindshift-app