Supporting you and your mental health
What does self-care really mean?
‘Self-care’ is a phrase you’ve probably come across, but what does it really mean?
Judging by what we see in adverts or on social media, we might think it’s all about candles, yoga and luxury bath bombs. We might think it costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time. And we might feel like it isn’t for us. But is that really all there is to it?
We've launched a new campaign to scratch beyond the surface of self-care, looking at how self-care can help you, what to do when it feels impossible, and how you can find what self-care works for you.
Supporting young people in your community
Whether you work at a youth club, coach a sports team, or run extra-curricular activities outside of school, we know the positive and crucial role you play in the lives of young people but understand you may often feel under-equipped to support them.
So when a young person in your community turns to you for support, we have tips and resources that can help.
Get in touch with our Parents Helpline
Our Parents Helpline offers vital advice and guidance to parents/carers who are concerned about their child’s mental health. We can give you advice on:
- how to access support
- navigating services for your child
- practical techniques that can help you and your child
- signposting to other organisations
If you are a parent/carer in need of some help, please get in touch.
Frequently asked questions
We provide young people with tools to look after their mental health. Our website is full of advice and information on what to do if you're struggling with how you feel. We empower parents and adults who work with young people, to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives. And we give young people the space and confidence to get their voices heard and change the world we live in. Together, we can create a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health.
Find out more about our work and impact.
We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. It’s about how we think, feel and act. Sometimes we feel well, and sometimes we don’t. When our mental health is good, we feel motivated and able to take on challenges and new experiences. But when our mental health is not so good, we can find it much harder to cope.
We all have good days and bad days, but when negative thoughts and feelings start to affect your daily life and stop you doing the things you enjoy, or your ability to feel ok, this means you probably need some support with your mental health. For example, nearly everyone gets anxious before an exam, a job interview or a first date. But if we feel anxious all the time, constantly worrying that the worst could happen, and this stops us sleeping well or meeting up with friends, we might benefit from some help. Find out more about mental health.
No, we are a charity that provides information and advice to young people, and parents and carers. Take a look at our guide to support for information about how Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) work, including information on how you can get help from CAMHS, what happens at an assessment, what your rights are and more. We do not provide one-to-one support with CAMHS assessments, treatments or complaints.
If you're a parent or carer, you can find information about accessing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and other services on our getting help page. Or you can contact our Parents Helpline for more advice.
Whether you work at a youth club, coach a sports team, or run extra-curricular activities outside of school, we know the positive and crucial role you play in the lives of young people. We have information, tips and resources for you to feel confident when responding to a young person's wellbeing needs.