Supporting the emotional and mental health of children and young people is everybody's business, and everybody has a part to play to help young people not only cope with stressors associated with adolescence, but to thrive and feel hopeful about their future.
We hope that some of the resource and links featured on this page will help you consider what you can do, and think about when more specialist support may be required.
Take a look at our 'Helping You Help Yourself' Section for links to helpful resources and emotionall-wellbeing information you can signpost young people to.
Toolkit for communicating with young people
We worked closely with young people to develop a guide on how to communicate and engage young people who are experiencing upset or distress.
It covers things to consider when communicating and engaging young people in need; what young people want you to know
Though originally developed for professionals working within an acute setting, we believe this guide is applicable for any professional working with young people. Download your copy of the toolkit >>
To accompany this toolkit, we made a short video which includes young people talking about their experiences of accessing A&E whilst feeling in crisis. Visit our youtube video to watch this training video >>
Healthy Minds toolkit for education staff
We've developed a toolkit to support Lincolnshire schools with managing student’s emotional wellbeing.
The toolkit guides education staff on whole-school approach, national guidance and understanding emotional wellbeing for professionals as well as children and young people.
Embedded in the toolkit are several guides to supporting young people with particular issues such as low mood, anxiety and self-harm. There are a number of printable tools including activity planners and staying well plans appropriate for children of different age groups.
“The toolkit is a good resource to support our pupils in school.”
“There are lots of different strategies and information that can be used in school with the children but you can also pass on to parents as well."
“Incredibly useful - the mood diaries have been a really positive way of sharing information between home and school. The Five Areas Model has strengthened my own practice when supporting children - the interaction with the children using this tool has seen children changing their mind-set to a more positive approach."
Check out our video from former Peer Support Worker Sam who speaks about his experience of mental health difficulties in school, and what helped him.
Need specific advice?
As a professional, if you wanted some advice and guidance around how to support a young person you are working with, and whether Healthy Minds or CAMHS could help please call the following numbers
Healthy Minds help with emotional wellbeing issues including
- Exam stress
- Worry and stress relating to transitions or friendships
- Feeling low
- Self-esteem and confidence issues
Duty Advice Line - 01522 309777
Available from Mon-Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm
CAMHS can help with mental health issues including
- Eating Disorders
- Anxiety that is affecting friendships, schooling etc.
- Difficulties coping with traumatic life events