There are a range of local and national services available for children and young people who need mental health and wellbeing support. You can also request a mental health act assessment, if you're concerned about someone who is at significant risk of hurting themselves or others.
Request a Mental Health Act assessment
Any age group can have an assessment, including children and young people. However, before you request an assessment under the Mental Health Act (where a person is detained for assessment and treatment), discuss this first with a keyworker, health or social care professional, or the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP), to see if there is an alternative way of ensuring someone's safety and well-being.
If there is no other alternative
Find mental health and wellbeing support
CAMHS Online Resources
CAMHS Online Resources is a website for young people, carers and professionals that pools together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and wellbeing. They also have a collection of different websites for different needs and issues.
Off the Record
Off the Record provide a range of free services including counselling, listening support, youth participation, advocacy and specialist groups, support for care leavers and a LGBT+ focused youth group.
Youth Connect offer a range of support including youth work, 1-1 targeted support, and careers advice and guidance.
The Hub has a variety of resources related to the support and delivery of positive mental health and wellbeing in schools. These include national and local guidance, teaching and learning resources, staff wellbeing and professional development, and sources of support and help for children and young people.
Sapling CBT is a private specialist child and adolescent Cognitive Behavioural Therapy provider. Reduced fees and funding may be available through St Johns Foundation, which provides funding support to individuals and families in B&NES who are struggling financially.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They can help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. They offer online and social media support, or a free, confidential helpline.
Boys in Mind
Boys in Mind provides resources aimed at helping reduce the stigma around male mental health issues.
OCD Action is a national charity that provides support and information to anybody affected by OCD, works to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strives to secure a better deal for people with OCD.
SupportLine offer confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post.
Students Aganinst Depression
Students Aganinst Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.
Healthtalk can help you find out about what it’s like to live with a health condition, by watching other people share their stories.
Project 28 our young people’s drug and alcohol service in Bath & North East Somerset. It provides advice, guidance and one-to-one sessions for young people who are having problems with drugs and/or alcohol. The service is free and confidential, and aims to provide a flexible and non-judgemental space for young people to be open about the problems they are facing.
FRANK offers free confidential support and advice about drugs for young people.
Re-Solv is a charity working across the UK to end solvent abuse and support all those whose lives are affected by it. They offer telephone, text, email, and online support.
Action on Addiction
Action on Addiction provides help and information to families and individuals who are worried about alcohol or drug misuse problems.
We are with you
We are with you includes specialist services for young people and access to local projects.
DrugFAM supports families affected by a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol.
Release provides help, advice, information, support, and referral to people affected directly and indirectly by drug use.
Amy Winehouse Foundation
Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. They also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.
Realiteen have produced an educational DVD for parents of teenagers in particular. The DVD aims to give further education to parents on smoking, drinking, drugs, and sex.
Harmless is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm and suicide prevention including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals and those at risk of suicide.
Papyrus is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
Self Injury Support
Self Injury Support provides email, text and web chat support for women & girls affected by self-injury, trauma and abuse.
No Harm Done
No Harm Done is a project run by Young Minds aimed at young people who are self harming or at risk of self harming, their parents and the professionals working with them.
stem4 is a charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them including their families and carers, education professionals, as well as school nurses and GPs through the provision of mental health education, resilience strategies and early intervention.
My Time My Space
My Time My Space is a partnership between Creativity Works, Health Visitors, and Children's Centres that provides a safe space where women can express themselves creatively and and helps to develop community and peer support for women locally.
Make a Move
Make a Move delivers group sessions for primary and secondary school-aged pupils who may be finding life difficult.
Creativity Works deliver creative projects with communities.
Children's Centres provide a variety of groups and courses for families with children.