Supporting emotional well-being and mental health
How your child or young person feels matters. See the poster below for which services to access in MK to support their concerns and worries
Supporting emotional - wellbeing: online support services available in Milton Keynes
The NHS has put together a number of Mental Health Apps available that include ways to help reduce stress, overcome panic attacks and anxiety, reduce urges to self-harm, and improve sleep. Its information will also tell you if the app is free or has a charge. You can click on the link below to take you to the NHS website
Online Counselling and Emotional Wellbeing support for Children and Young People aged 11-19yrs in Milton Keynes
Kooth.com is a website children and young people can use to get advice, support and guidance for any problem, no matter how big or small. They can chat online to professional counsellors, read articles written by young people, join forums to receive peer-to-peer support, access self-help materials and keep a daily journal. Regular forums cover topics ranging from exam stress and anxiety to eating disorders and grief.
If a child or young person needs a bit of extra support, are worrying about their future or experiencing difficulties at school or at home they can connect to this new anonymous and free service which is available every day via their laptop, tablet or smartphone at www.kooth.com
Milton Keynes Specialist CAMHS provides support to children and young people up to the age of 18, their parents/carers and their families who are resident of Milton Keynes and registered with a Milton Keynes GP and are causing a high level of concern to adults around them due to a significant change in the child/young person's mood and/or behaviour.
CAMHS offers a telephone referral service open to professionals and young people whether known to the service or not. The referral line is available Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm on 01908 725372.
Urgent referrals are given priority appointments within four weeks and non-urgent referrals are placed on a waiting list. When there are significant concerns about a young person’s welfare e.g. serious self-harm or suicidal intentions you can take the young person to A&E where they will be seen by a member of the CAMHS Liaison and Intensive Support Team ( LIST).
Some of the difficulties this team can help with include:
- Significant Behaviour Problems associated with moderate to severe mental health problems
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Self Harm
- Anxiety Disorders (including phobias)
- Tic Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Eating Disorders
- Family Relationship Problems ( Family Relate)
- Trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Contact us: 01908 724544 or Mkspcamhs.firstname.lastname@example.org
Access the CAMHS website to find useful information leaflets and organisations that provide support:
Young People's Mental Health
Counselling, Education and Training
YiS MK Youth Counselling Service offers counselling and advice to all young people aged 11-21. Training is also available for professionals who work within the age group.
An information hub offering advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety, and stress.
YoungMinds is committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19 years.
Talk to the Samaritans any time you like and off the record - about whatever’s getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal.
CAMHS & Me is a website full of info about our mental health services for children, young people and their families
Go to CAMHS & Me
Useful Mental Health resources
Easy read guides
- Steps to Deal With Stress Easy Read Format – a simple guide to stressing less and enjoying life more. Published by NHS Health Scotland
- Anxiety - easy read – what is anxiety and ways to feel better. Published by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
- Depression - easy read – what is depression and ways to feel better. Published by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
- How to look after your mental health, published by The Mental Health Foundation
- How to look after your mental health using exercise, published by The Mental Health Foundation
- How to look after your mental health using mindfulness, published by The Mental Health Foundation
- How to manage and reduce stress - what is stress and ways to deal with it. Published by The Mental Health Foundation
- The truth about self-harm - for young people and their friends and families. Published by The Mental Health Foundation
- Coping with Self-harm - a guide for parents and carers. Developed by researchers at the University of Oxford
- A parent’s guide to depression – a parent’s guide to warning signs and what you can do. Published by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
- Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools, published by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- Supporting mental health and wellbeing in secondary schools, published by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- I Gotta Feeling - designed by Help4Pupils to help children. Aimed at secondary school children when they are feeling sad, worried or troubled
- Get up and go - designed by Help4Pupils to help children. Aimed at primary school children when they are feeling sad, worried or troubled
- Talking mental health with young people at secondary school – some advice for parent and carers. Published by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- Talking mental health with young people at primary school – some advice for parent and carers. Published by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- Tips for parents - talking about mental health – tips for parent and carers. Video published by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- Supporting Staff Wellbeing in Schools - a booklet to support school staff, published by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- MindEd - Safe and reliable mental health advice for older people and those who care for them
- Winter Well-being activity (PDF, 802KB) - a handy guide from Arthur Ellis Mental Health Support (www.arthurellismhs.com)
- Talking Mental Health Animation & Teacher Toolkit – teachers resources for supporting mental health in the classroom. Published by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- Mental health toolkit for schools – a toolkit to help measure and monitor children and young people’s mental wellbeing. Published by EBPU Evidence Based Practice Unit
- Islington Mental Health and Resilience in Schools (iMHARS) - a framework for mental health and resilience in schools
- Wellbeing Measurement Framework - separate toolkits for primary, secondary and college settings. Published by EBPU Evidence Based Practice Unit
- Teen Mental Health (Canadian website) – resources for parents and professionals
- Mentally Healthy Schools - quality-assured information, advice and resources. Help for primary schools to understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing
- Fixers – Mind videos – videos by young people talking about mental health issues
- Shelf Help - Reading Well Books on Prescription. Help people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing, using helpful reading available from public libraries
- YoungMinds - resources and materials for teachers and school staff. Useful to build skills and make mental health and wellbeing a core, rewarding part of their job
Last Updated: 9 December 2020