Inspiring Young Lives

A resource to help all young people thrive — from Mentoring Plus

Extra help and support

Below we’ve listed organisations which can be helpful if young people or their family / carers need some extra support. Scroll down to see our list of useful wellbeing apps as well.

Beat
Call: 0808 801 0711
Website: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/
What they do: Under 18s helpline, webchat and online support groups for people with eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia

CAMHS
Call: 0117 360 4040
Website: https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/bath/
What they do: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services is the name for NHS-provided services in England and Wales for children, generally until school-leaving age, who are having difficulties with their emotional or behavioural well-being

Childline
Call: free on 0800 1111
Website: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
What they do: Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call them, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards. Access the Calm Zone for activities and tools to support feelings of worry or anxiety

Inspiring Young Lives
Website: https://inspiringyounglives.org.uk/
What they do: A resource written by us here at Mentoring Plus with tips, inspiration, educational tools and wellbeing resources

Kooth
Online: Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
Website: https://www.kooth.com/
What they do: Online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Mind
Call: 0300 123 3393
Text: 86463
Website: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/
What they do: Advice around mental health problems, where to get help near you, treatment options, advocacy services

Papyrus Hopeline UK
Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786 209697
Website: https://www.papyrus-uk.org
What they do: Confidential support for under-35s at risk of suicide and others who are concerned about them

Samaritans
Call : 116 123
Website : https://www.samaritans.org
What they do: 24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk

Shelter
Call: 0808 800 4444
Website: https://www.shelter.org.uk/youngpeople
What they do: Charity working for people in housing need by providing free, independent, expert housing advice.

The Mix
Call: 0808 808 4994
Text: 85258 (crisis messenger service, send text THEMIX)
Website: https://www.themix.org.uk
Support and advice for under 25s, including webchat.

Young Minds
Call: Parent/carer helpline 0808 8025544
Text: If you need urgent help text YM to 85258 for free. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Website: https://youngminds.org.uk/
What they do: Support young people in crisis

Young Stonewall
Call: 0800 050 2020
Website: https://www.youngstonewall.org.uk
What they do: Information and support for all young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people

Useful apps

Below are some apps we’ve heard about which may be useful to boost wellbeing. We’ve included weblinks where we have them.

CALM

App for mindfulness and meditation. (Available on iOS, Android & Web)

Breathe2Relax

The relaxation app trains you on the “belly breathing” technique that has proven benefits for your overall mental health. (Available on iOS and Android)

Stress Check by Azumio

This app takes you on a deep breathing exercise to promote calmness and can bring your heart rate down in five minutes. The app provides instant feedback with breath and pulse monitoring and tracks long-term progress. (Available on Android)

Happify

The Happify app is a way to make a game of all the positive psychology tricks you know might work, but make you feel kind of silly when you actually do them. You’ll start by taking a quick test that assesses the areas of happiness you should work on. Then, you’re presented with a few “tracks” that can help get you to your goals. (Available on iOS and Android)

SAMAPP: APPS FOR ANXIETY

SAM is an application to help you understand and manage anxiety. (Available on iOS and Android)

PACIFICA

Daily tools for stress, anxiety, and depression alongside a supportive community. Based on cognitive behavioural therapy & mindfulness meditation. (Available on iOS, Android & Web)

Thrive: Feel Stress Free

When you log in it gives you different tips to help you relieve stress/anxiety. There are tabs for meditation, deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, and more. (Available on iOS and Android)

BASE

An app designed to help manage stress and anxiety. By learning more about how and why we experience anxiety at different times and in different situations we can be less fearful. (Available on Android)

Smiling Mind

Trying to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life? This app can help you launch into a regular practice of mindfulness meditations. (Available on iOS and Android)

Wysa Happiness Chabot

Wysa helps to build emotional resilience by talking to you about your situation. Over 60 psychologists and 10,000 users have provided specific inputs to shape how Wysa helps them. (Available on iOS and Android)

I love Hue

When you feel like you have no control, this app can help sooth you by creating simple visual harmonies from mosaic tiles. (Available on iOS and Android)

Anxious Minds

Anxious Minds is a charity set up by sufferers of anxiety and depression, to provide free support to all sufferers. (Available on Android)

Worry Watch

This journaling tool has a simple user interface where users can log instances of worry, fear, and anxiety. They can also add the outcome of each situation, which provides a comparison between expectation and reality that helps reduce anxiety over time. (Available on iOS)

What’s Up? Anxiety App

This app uses CBT and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more. (Available on iOS and Android)

WELLMIND

WellMind is your free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression. The app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing. (Available on iOS and Android)

Cove

Free, personal music journal to help you with your emotional and mental health. Trusted by the NHS. (Available on iOS)

Reflectly

A personal journal and diary driven by AI to enable you to deal with negative thoughts, make positivity louder and to teach you about the science of well-being. (Available on iOS and Android)

Happy not perfect

Backed by science, designed for you, Happy Not Perfect is your go-to place for everything you need to look after your mind in a fun new way. (Available on iOS and Android)

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