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Support for Mental Health Difficulties

Just like taking care of our physical self is important, so too is looking after your own or your child’s wellbeing.

At times children and young people may experience poor mental health. They may have a diagnosis of depression, anxiety or something more severe such as schizophrenia.

Having poor mental health can impact an all areas of daily living and may even prevent some children and young people being able to engage in education, training or work.

It is important that we spot early the signs of mental health changes and seek help and support as soon as possible. This could be help in school from a counsellor or pastoral staff member or it could mean needing something more specialist like help from a mental health nurse or specialist service such as CAMHS.

In Portsmouth we have a wide range of services that support the mental health of children and young people.
We have listed some of the main ones in the drop down boxes at the bottom of the page.

 

Useful Mental Health Services and links

Kooth Digital Counselling and Emotional Well Being Service for those 11-18 years

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service providing young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th birthday) in Portsmouth with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors.

Kooth is a well-established, award winning online counselling service and is accredited by the British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP). Founded in 2001, they are leading pioneers of online counselling in the UK, having won a number of prestigious awards.

Kooth has no referrals, thresholds or waiting lists. Young people can access this service anonymously by signing onto www.kooth.com.

Kooth provides unique out of office hours’ provision and is open 7 days per week, 365 days a year from noon until 10pm weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm on Saturday and Sundays. .

Kooth helps to reduce waiting times for young people seeking help and removes stigma around mental health and accessing services. Kooth integrates with face-to-face local services to ensure a seamless transition for young people.

The team of qualified counsellors, therapists and support workers provide guided, outcome-focused help for each individual. Kooth take safeguarding and clinical governance extremely seriously. The safety and well-being of all service users is an upmost priority.

Kooth is also able to provide virtual presentations via Zoom to classes or year groups. Presentations will introduce Kooth and the support that is available as part of your school’s approach to wellbeing. To discuss booking a presentation or how to fully integrate the service into your school, please email Portsmouth@Kooth.com.

The Kooth digital mental health service has been commissioned by Health and Care Portsmouth and is being introduced to schools in partnership with Portsmouth Education Partnership.

CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

CAMHS is available to help children and young people when they are having problems to do with their emotional and behavioural wellbeing. Your GP refers you to this service.

Click here to find out more

Young Minds

Young Minds charity has information on some of the common feelings and mental health symptoms, how to cope, and where to get help. Find out more on the Young Minds website.

BEAT - Eating Disorder Support

Beat
If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, Beat can help.

Call their Youthline 0808 801 0711, 4-10pm daily,

or email fyp@b-eat.co.uk

Support for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)

OCD UK

OCD UK helps people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Call 0845 120 3778, weekdays 9am – 5pm

or email support@ocduk.org

 

Nip in the Bud

Nip in the Bud  works with mental health professionals to produce short films and fact sheets to help parents,  teachers and others caring for and working with children to recognise potential mental health conditions.

The goal is to increase the prospects of early intervention and to reduce the risks of those conditions becoming more serious in later years

 

 

Kooth Digital Counselling and Emotional Well Being Service for those 11-18 years

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service providing young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th birthday) in Portsmouth with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors.

Kooth is a well-established, award winning online counselling service and is accredited by the British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP). Founded in 2001, they are leading pioneers of online counselling in the UK, having won a number of prestigious awards.

Kooth has no referrals, thresholds or waiting lists. Young people can access this service anonymously by signing onto www.kooth.com.

Kooth provides unique out of office hours’ provision and is open 7 days per week, 365 days a year from noon until 10pm weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm on Saturday and Sundays. .

Kooth helps to reduce waiting times for young people seeking help and removes stigma around mental health and accessing services. Kooth integrates with face-to-face local services to ensure a seamless transition for young people.

The team of qualified counsellors, therapists and support workers provide guided, outcome-focused help for each individual. Kooth take safeguarding and clinical governance extremely seriously. The safety and well-being of all service users is an upmost priority.

Kooth is also able to provide virtual presentations via Zoom to classes or year groups. Presentations will introduce Kooth and the support that is available as part of your school’s approach to wellbeing. To discuss booking a presentation or how to fully integrate the service into your school, please email Portsmouth@Kooth.com.

The Kooth digital mental health service has been commissioned by Health and Care Portsmouth and is being introduced to schools in partnership with Portsmouth Education Partnership.

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