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The Fircroft Trust does not presently provide service for children and young people but would like to share these helpful resources with them, their parents/carers and with the schools and organisations working with them.

If you think you might be suffering from depression or any other mental health problem contact your GP or at least talk to someone about it. There is help available and you are not alone.

If you need urgent help contact Childline on 0800 1111 or The Samaritans on 08457 909090

If you are having suicidal thoughts or are worried about someone committing suicide call HOPELine UK on 0800 068 4141 or text them on 07786 209697

If you are in danger or are in a lot of pain call 999 or go to your nearest hospital.

If you need urgent medical help but it is not life threatening call 111. – A great page for young people worried they may have a mental health problem. – A support website run by and for students

Students against depression was founded after the suicide of two young students. It provides resources needed to find a way forward from stress, low mood, depression or suicidal thinking. Alongside clinically validated information and resources it presents the experiences, strategies and advice of students themselves. – Headscape – self help and referral website for young people in the Greenwich/Bexley area.

Provides great online quizes, help and resources about mental health and young people. – Help for children and young people with many mental health problems including eating disorders, bipolar, depression, OCD, self-harm and schizophrenia.

Young Minds also provides information for parents/carers worried about their child and for professionals. They are the largest UK charity providing support for children and young people with mental health problems. – Interactive resource website for young people struggling with depression. – The national UK charity preventing suicide in young people. Provides help, advice and resources to young people and parent /carers. – Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Kingston. Every Borough has a CAMHS team and you can be referred to the CAMHS team by visiting your GP.

Providing information on local services and support available for families including children and young people aged 0 – 25 years with special educational needs or disabilities.

Resource website for young people/parents

Help for parents/carers and school staff to support children with a mental health problem 

For parents worried that their child might have an eating disorder – For Primary Schools

Developed by clinical psychologists and cognitive behavioural therapists the Cues-Ed package is entitled “Who I am and What I Can: How to keep my brain amazing”. It is delivered in school by Cues-Ed and aims to improve the emotional well-being and resilience of primary school children. – The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (CWMT) delivers mental health training and talks to schools & other organisations working with children.

CWMT was set up in 1998 after Charlie Waller committed suicide whilst suffering with depression. They work to raise awareness about mental well-being and to fight depression. This work includes tailored talks and training to schools.

Help for parents/carers & school staff to support children with a mental health problem. Provide training for school staff.

So Young, So Sad, So Listen (1995) Book about depression in children and adolescents during school years. Aimed at helping parents, teachers and teenagers to recognise and understand depression. By Philip Graham and Carol Hughes Published by Gaskell/West London Health Promotion Agency.

Beating the Blues Booklet which covers causes and treatment of depression. Offering practical advice and ways to help yourself. Includes ways to generate positive thoughts and a depressing thoughts quiz by Cathy Richards, Chartered Clinical Psychologist.

Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson August 2015. A frank, factual and funny book, covering topics from anxiety and depression, to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders and a range of issues facing young people’s mental health.

The Anxiety Survival guide for Teens by Jennifer Shannon, October 2015. How to take control of your anxiety before it takes care of you. Based in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy this book helps you identify where your anxious thoughts arise and teach you practical strategies for handling even the toughest situations.

Can I tell you about Eating Disorders? by Bryan Lask and Lucy Watson, June 2014. Alice is a teenage girl with anorexia nervosa who invites readers to learn about anorexia and how it makes her see herself differently from how other people see her. The book is an ideal introduction to understanding the complex issues surrounding easting disorders. It shows family, friends and teachers how they can support a young person with an eating disorder.

Touch and Go Joe by Joe Wells, March 2006. As many as 2 in every 100 people suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and 16 year old Joe Wells is one of them. In Touch & Go Joe, he tells the story of his battle with OCD from its insidious beginnings at age 9 and increasingly intrusive symptoms to diagnosis at age 12.   The book is packed with advice and coping strategies, as well as first-hand accounts of available treatments such as CBT and medication.

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The Fircroft Trust does not accept any responsibility for the claims the organisations on this page make but we believe them to be trustworthy sources of help and support.