Getting support for your child's mental health
We know that this has the potential to be an anxious and uncertain time for parents and carers. There is mental health support available for you and your child at this time.
Free online counselling to support mental health and wellbeing, without the need for a referral, is available in Derby and Derbyshire from Kooth and Qwell services.
- Kooth is for children and young people aged 11 to 18 years, and up to 25 years for children in care
- Qwell service is for parents and carers whose children are under 18 years.
The services provide access to text-based counselling support from midday until 10.00pm on weekdays and 6.00pm until 10.00pm on weekends, and 24/7 access to online forums where concerns and relevant articles can be shared and discussed.
There are also a number national helplines or support services you, or your child, can contact at this time for support:
- Childline is the UK's free helpline for children and young people. It provides a confidential counselling service for any child with a problem.
- Samaritans provides non-judgmental emotional support for those experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts. Tel: 116 123 free helpline (24 hours), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- BEAT offers information, help and support for anyone affected by eating disorders. They have a number of helplines on their website.
- Papyrus provide confidential support and advice to young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person at risk of suicide.
The full range of mental health support services can be found on the Derby and Derbyshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing website.