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Scotland's SEE ME campaign

Scotland's SEE ME campaign has produced some fantastic clips for young people that can spark discussion.

Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

Dove are aiming to work with young girls / women to promote positive self esteem.  They have produced three good clips that could be used to spark debate about body image / eating disorders etc  They are called Amy Evolution & Onslaught. 


Parental Mental Illness

The Wise Mouse - written by Virginia Ironside and illustrated by Nick Sharratt aims to help 5 to 11 year-olds understand what is happening to a family member who may be experiencing a mental illness.
Young Minds have added this to their site as a downloadable recording of the book.  Really good!

Samaritans Animation on Emotional Health


Animation - This 5 minute animation introduces students to emotional health and wellbeing and looks at topics like resilience, anger etc.

Samaritan's Doodle Campaign

Samaritans launched its new ’Doodle’ Campaign on 8th November 2006, aimed at showing young people that Samaritans will support them whatever their problem is - and that it’s better to call sooner, rather than to allow a problem to develop into more of a crisis. The ’doodle’ concept for the winter campaign was selected by young people interviewed in focus groups as the most honest and truthful demonstration of their emotional state.

To view YouTube Videos from within a Hertfordshire school you need to have web filtering, Web Factor 1 set up.

* Please note as You Tube is unregulated people can post all manner of other videos related to this topic.  Please ensure that you only view the Doodle Campaign)

Information for Professionals & Factsheets



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The Hertfordshire CAMHS Transformation plan proposes a new approach to supporting the emotional and mental health of children, young people and families in Hertfordshire.

Childline Updated

ChildLine Schools Service - Programme for Years 5 & 6

Hertfordshire County Council and Herts for Learning are working together with the ChildLine Schools Service to ensure that all our Primary Schools have the opportunity to access their innovative anti-abuse programme aimed at years 5 and 6. This safeguarding programme includes a pre-visit meeting to give you an opportunity to review the content in detail and to support you in informing parents about the programme. Further details and how to make a booking are as follows:

'The ChildLine Schools Service is provided free of charge by the NSPCC. It is a ground-breaking initiative which we are aiming to deliver into every primary school in the UK once every two years.

Research shows that younger children can be especially vulnerable to abuse because they have less awareness of what it is and may not know how to seek help if it happens. We believe that with early intervention we could hope to see a reduction in the numbers of children suffering abuse and for children to speak up from an earlier age.

The objectives of the ChildLine Schools Service are:

  • To ensure children have an understanding of abuse in all its forms, including bullying, and an ability to recognise the signs of abuse.
  • To ensure children know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse.
  • To make them aware of how to get help and sources of help.

The delivery model is in two stages. Firstly, we deliver a 30 minute assembly to Y5 and 6 pupils to inform children of the different types of abuse and where they can go to seek help. The second stage, which happens approximately 1-2 weeks later, is an interactive classroom-based workshop lasting up to 1 hour, to reinforce the assembly messages and encourage discussion and questions.

We have found it really helpful to work with Local Authorities in other regions as the assemblies and workshops directly relate to the PSHE curriculum and also the objectives of the ‘healthy schools’ initiative.

To find out more and to book a visit to your school please contact:
Rachel Burrage, Area Co-ordinator for Hertfordshire:
Tel: 07795 970633

Childline have a selection of very informative downloadable factsheets and school resources.

Children’s Workforce in Hertfordshire


Within the current context, professionals and services may be or feel less accessible.  Change is happening around us all the time.  In such circumstances, it is important that we have some of our own resources to employ to continue to support those we work with confidently.  For these reasons, a set of Values and Guiding Principles for responding to the emotional wellbeing needs of children and young people has been developed to maintain the momentum and diligence with which the Children’s Workforce in Hertfordshire support their charges.  We hope you find them helpful.


Coping with Crisis

A series of leaflets 'Coping with Crises in Schools' and 'When Someone we Know Dies'

- A guide for school staff - taking care of your school, taking care of yourself
- Handling a traumatic event
- Helping a bereaved child
- The grieving process

When someone we know dies - Understanding your feelings for older children

When someone we know dies - Understanding your feelings for younger children

All leaflets are available to download from the H&S section on critical incidents at:

Early Intervention Psychosis Service

The Hertfordshire Early Intervention Psychosis Service can be accessed via CAMHS but any teacher or relative can contact the service if they have concerns about an individual for advice. The service works with 14 to 35 year olds. Young people over seventeen and a half can access the service directly. Psychosis refers to thought disturbance, hearing voices, delusions and hallucinations but we can all be more aware of the early warning signs and access support in a timely way.

These downloads include a leaflet about the Herts service as well as a document detailing what you can expect from them. A booklet by Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust provides information about psychosis.

About the Early Intervention Psychosis Service
What Happens Next:

What do you really know about Psychosis:

Tel: 01442 275460


A Visitors Guide to Psychosis:

Health Scotland

For older young people and young adults

Health promotion Hertfordshire loan service

Health Promotion Access Catalogue
for Health Promotion Hertfordshire

Mental Health Foundation

Supporting a friend with mental health problems



The MindEd programme is funded by the Department of Health and developed and written by experts in child and mental health.

This free web resource encourages all professionals interacting with children and young people to become more skilled in dealing with young people's mental health concerns.


NHS: Step 2

Step2 is an 0-19 Early Intervention service consisting of a small team of professionals with a wide range of experiences and skills in child mental health emotional wellbeing. The Step2 Team will work with you to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for young people in Hertfordshire.


The NSPCC have several excellent leaflets for parents of younger children, these include:

Royal College of Psychiatrists Child & Adolescent Mental Health

There are a number of fantastic resources available including:


The Samaritans have developed some excellent factsheets for parents / professionals.

Understanding Childhood

Understanding Childhood has a number of really good leaflets for professionals, some of which can be given to parents. 

The leaflets available include:

Young Minds

Young Minds is the national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people.  Their website is an excellent source of information for anyone working with children and young people.

Some of the leaflets available to download include:

Topics by A - Z



Downloads & Links


Hands Off! is a really good leaflet for young people. It explores myths around sexual abuse, is full of information and sensitively deals with the issues around abuse.

Anxiety & stress

Anxiety & stress in Teenagers:
Excellent interactive 'winding wood' website for young people on dealing with stress and anxiety

Homework & Exams




This leaflet can be given to parents to offer ways in which they can talk to their children about death.

(Hard copies may be available from Health Promotion)

This story book can be used with children by parents and professionals to talk about death.

(Hard copies may be available from Health Promotion)

Winston's Wish is a charity that supports bereaved children and young people and their families.  

They have a fantastic range of resources to help support those who have been bereaved inlcuding lesson plans and an information pack:


The Child Bereavement Trust have a host of leaflets for parents, children and young people who have had a bereavement.

Particularly useful ones are:

Cruse Bereavement care have a section on their website dedicated to schools.  You can find info about School Bereavement policy, death of a member of staff, death through suicide and what to do at times of crisis.

The Child Psychotherapy Trust have also developed an excellent leaflet for parents and professionals on the understanding of death through the ages.  It looks at what children and young people understand and how grief may affect them.


Hertfordshire Grid for Learning Anti-Bullying resources


Depression and how to deal with it by the Charlie Waller Trust is really eye catching and thought provoking.  It is particularly targetted at Young Men.

  • depression_how_to_beat_it.pdf (Acrobat pdf/380kb)

Young Minds have a number of excellent leaflets on depression in children and young people.


Leaflets These leaflets are suitable for children and young people and families going through a divorce / separation.

Kids in the Middle

An Agony Aunt’s guide for parting parents and their children.

by Deidre Sanders

Drugs & Alcohol

Cannabis & Mental Heath
Rethink have produced this very informative report into the impact of Cannabis on Mental Health.

Young Minds have developed the following information around drugs and mental health.




Cannabis podcasts for young people contain information on peer pressure and cannabis and cutting down.

Supporting children affected by parental alcohol misuse.

Drug Education in PSHE

Substance misuse

Alcohol Concern have a series of excellent web based toolkits for a variety of professionals who are working with families and children where parental alcohol misuse is a problem.   They contain resources, advice and websites for help.

Nutrition / Eating Disorders

Royal College of Psychiatrists' Factsheet for Parents & Teachers.

Young Minds have produced a useful guide for young people.

B-EAT website

Young Minds have developed some new factsheets which can be used for starting a discussion in class including.


Psychosis is a term used to describe conditions which affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality.  When this occurs it is called a psychotic episode.

Self Esteem

Improve your self esteem gives a couple of suggestions for Feelin’ Good. 

Body Talk

Dove as part of their campaign for real beauty have developed the following resources to support young women develop self esteem.

 Body Talk is an excellent pack of activities that can be run by teachers in schools.

Time to Talk is a really good guide full of activities and information for mothers and daughters.

Self Harm



Barnardo's have produced this excellent report, it is written for young people but gives a very interesting insight into why Young People Self Harm.

Self-harm and Suicide

A Guide for Staff Working With Children and Young People in Hertfordshire

This guidance is intended for use by anyone working with children and young people up to the age of 18 or 25 for those with learning difficulties or disabilities in Hertfordshire. It has been developed via a multi agency working group and aims to offer an informed and systematic approach to addressing the needs of children and young people at risk of self-harm or suicide. It also sets out to ensure that children and young people gain appropriate support, and are assessed and referred appropriately where needed.

Useful Links

Young Carers

A young carer is a person under the age of 18 years who provides care for another person, most commonly a parent or brother or sister, because that person has an illness or disability, mental health problem or problems with addiction to alcohol or drugs.

Caring round the Clock is an excellent leaflet for those children / young people caring for someone with a mental health problem. Gloucstershire Young Carers have developed this fantastic leaflet on what it is like to live with someone with a mental illness. 

Minds, Myths and Me

Herts Young Carers website

For Parents



Downloads & Links

There is a wealth of literature for Parents and most of the above would be very useful for them too.

The following are a selection of leaflets or sites available for download that are specifically for parents:

Family Life (formerly Parentline Plus)

Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. We're here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week through our free Parentline. Whatever your family role or situation, we can help.    

Listen to Me..    
developed by Young Papyrus

Looking after our emotional needs as Parents 

Be someone to tell     Excellent guide for Parents on Bullying Parentline Plus

Postnatal Depression
A problem for all the family 

Surviving Adolescence

A toolkit for parents




Downloads & Links


This Mental Health Foundation Poster is eye catching and shows the link between alcohol and mental health.


Nova Scotia Health in Canada have produced 2 eye catching posters for young people:


Eating Disorders & Self Harm

See Me Scotland have two fantastic posters aimed at adolescents that look at eating disorders and self harm.  They are very eye catching and popular with young people.


They also have a number of resources that can be ordered free of charge to promote positive mental health to young people.

Emotional Development

These posters produced by Gloria Holland (Stevenage ESC) & Dr Josephine-Joy Wright (Stevenage CAMHS) and drawn by young people make colourful reading. 

They are designed to tell you what is and is not okay in terms of child and adolescent emotional development.

Feelin' Good Poster

This was developed during the first Feelin' Good Week.

Mental Health

The Mental Health Foundation have also produced this simple poster:
Ways to Look after your mental health.


Need to talk to your parents?
Not sure how?

Tools for GPs



Downloads & Links

Tools for GPs

Tools for GPsThe emotional and mental health of children and young people is often a cause of concern for professionals and parents alike.

These tools were created to give guidance to universal services to have a better understanding and clarity about how to manage common issues that families face and who to go to for support.

Tools for GPs

Teaching Resources



Downloads & Links

Social & Emotional
Aspects of Learning

This resource aims to provide schools and settings with an explicit, structured whole-curriculum framework for developing all children’s social, emotional and behavioural skills. It also makes a significant contribution to provision for Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) in primary schools and to the development of Healthy Schools work.

Considerations when preparing to teach mental health

The Feelin' Good Day lesson plan looks at promoting resilience and identifying positive coping strategies.  This can be used with Primary or Secondary aged children.

The Samaritans Youth Pack is a good training and reflective resource for teachers and others supporting young people on a range of mental health topics as well as a teaching resource for young people.

BACP have produced this excellent set of worksheets for use with young people aged 14-16.

They can be used in a variety of settings and cover a wealth of subjects relating to mental health.

The Mentality Action Sheets are great for using with the younger age groups.

The Feel Good factor is a resource for use at playtimes.  It contains 7 playtime games that promote positive mental health with full guidance notes.

Childline have two excellent lesson plan packs that include full instructions for use:


The Mental Health Foundation have developed two excellent documents full of useful information, case studies and handouts on topics such as positive mental health, resilience factors etc.

These can be downloaded on the following links:

Promoting Mental Health in Schools - An Introduction

Samaritans DEAL
(Developing emotional awareness and learning) programme helps schools develop the skills that young people aged 14 to 16  need to cope with Life’s challenges and develop their emotional health and wellbeing.



Downloads & Links

Cyber Safety New

An interactive guide to staying safe on the internet.


SuperMeA web game which helps you to be better at life.

It's about resilience: how to feel good when life chucks you lemons. How to be better at thinking positively. How to cope with, and learn to love, failure. By playing SuperMe you'll learn how to be more resilient in real life, and by playing every piece of content you'll score points. Points! Everyone wants those.

Channel Mogo

Factsheets to enable you to support young people in getting the most out of this exciting resource includes:

Session Plan 11 - Emotional Health and Wellbeing More...

Channel Mogo (ages 11-19)

Channel Mogo Hertfordshire's online information site for young people in the county which covers a range of topics related to PSHE & Citizenship.

This inter-active website also offers vidcasts, mp3 downloads, competitions and opportunities for discussion and webchats. It is free to join and provides a safe online community for young people in Hertfordshire.

Channel mogo Options Panel
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Useful Web Links




Act for Change

Act for Change is a unique and interactive educational programme that links historical facts about the Holocaust and other genocides to the social reality and experiences of living in today's society. They have a lot of experience of working in schools helping with RE/PSHE/History/ Citizenship curriculum

A-DASH (Adolescent Drug & Alcohol Service Hertfordshire)

Area covered: Hertfordshire (anyone with a Herts GP) What services are offered? Specialist assessment and treatment service for young people under 18, who have major drug and alcohol related problems and complex. This service will accept self-referrals. A-DASH offers advice, information and consultancy to professionals. Initial telephone enquires to offer advice and information as well giving details of local services to help young people or their parents/carers.

Contact details:
Tel: 01923 427288

Bristol Crisis Service for Women

Although based in Bristol the service offers support to girls and women across the country with a particular emphasis on those who self harm. Their website contains a variety of resources for those who self harm and those trying to support them.

Helpline: 0117 925 1119

Friday & Saturday 9pm-12.30am & Sunday 6pm-9pm

Bullying UK

Excellent website containing hints and advice on all types of bullying. Email Service available 24hrs, 365 days a year.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

The Campaign Against Living Miserably is targeted at young men aged between 15-35. The campaign offers help, information and advice via a phone and web service. It is a very good source of information and support and very user friendly.

Child Bereavement Trust

Charity for grieving families. The website contains information for families, young people and professionals. They offer training and resources for schools to enable them to support young people and their families through bereavement.


Childline's helpline is available 24hrs a day, 365 days a year for any child or young person who needs to talk. The website contains useful information, links and resources for young people and schools.

Tel: 0800 1111

Connexions Hertfordshire

This excellent website provides full details of the countywide Connexions service, details of local organisations and some helpful resources for young people aged 13-19.

Counselling in Schools Service

We provide qualified, quality assured arts therapist and counsellors to work in schools across Hertfordshire with children and young people aged 5-19 years.  The counselling service is for any child or young person who is experiencing difficulty, either long or short term. Children and young people are involved in the setting of aims, deciding what they would like from their sessions and are involved in the evaluation process. The counselling service offers one to one counselling, in a confidential setting on school premises, which is voluntarily entered into by the child or young person. The service can respond to request for counselling from schools within two weeks, and will offer both short and long term support.

Contact details:
Maria Nastri – Counselling Manager
Tel: 01992 588 796

Cruse Bereavement Care

Help for bereaved people of any age with a special section on information for schools. There is also an excellent website especially for young people who have been bereaved which looks at coping strategies.

This site also has a lads only section:

Young People’s Helpline: 0808 808 1677

Depression in Teenagers Young People's Unit - NHS Lothian

This excellent interactive website is aimed at teenagers. It has a number of activities to help young people with self-help tips, advice on helping friends, and suggestions of where to go for further information, advice and support.

DfES – Don’t suffer in silence

Anti bullying pack, information and resources for young people, teachers and parents.

Early Intervention in Psychosis Service Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire's Early Intervention in Psychosis Service works with Anyone between the ages of 14 and 35 years, experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

Our offices are staffed between 9 and 5 Monday to Friday. You may also call or email us if you are a teacher, tutor, counsellor, GP, youth or probation worker, or indeed anyone in contact with someone about whose mental health you are concerned.

sychosis has a range of stages. In the stages where it is just beginning to emerge, it is difficult to positively identify, but common experiences may be things like: Feeling that you are changing in the way you think or feel, possibly accompanied by

  • suspicions that people intend you some kind of harm or are talking about you or laughing about you,
  • difficulties concentrating, sleeping or relating to people,
  • racing thoughts, or a wide range of unconnected thoughts, or difficulty thinking in a logical sequence perhaps,
  • beginning to believe that strange things may be true, for instance that your thoughts are being read or that your mind is being interfered with,
  • changes in your mood, either a depressed or elated mood. As the condition develops these experiences may become more obvious to you, or to other people especially to those who know you. Indeed often people having these personal experiences are either not aware of how they are coming across to others, or are very keen to mask them, possibly in fear of allowing them to be acknowledged or known about.

Contacting the Early Intervention In Psychosis Service:
26a King Harry Lane
St Albans

Tel: 01727 860 403
Fax: 01727 860 409 or

305 Ware Road Hoddesdon
SG13 7PG
Tel: 01992 705857
Fax: 01992 705858 or by e

Eating Disorders Association

Information and advice for young people affected by eating disorders with downloadable factsheets.

Youth Helpline: 0845 6347650
Helpline hours: Monday-Friday from 4-6.30pm

Family Lives

The website is an excellent source of information on a variety of parenting issues and has downloadable resources, there are a number of excellent leaflets on divorce and separation as well as information on dealing with new families. There are a number of local initiatives in Hertfordshire such as Parenting courses and outreach work.

Helpline: 0808 800 2222
There is also an email helpline

Hertfordshire – Hatfield Office: 01707 270696

Garden Hospice / Tigers

Area covered: North Herts & Stevenage What services are offered? Information, guidance and support for bereaved children/young people; parents/other caregivers, teachers & schools and other professionals i.e. health visitors. One to one support for 5-18 year olds and Group Activities for 6-18 year olds.


Contact details:
Tel:01462 679540 or

Grove House Family Support Service

Area covered: St Albans, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead & villages What services are offered? Group and one to one counselling available. This is a specialist service for those with cancer, their family and friends and those bereaved by cancer. There are no age restrictions. Mostly referrals from Professionals but self-referrals are accepted.


Contact details:
Tel: 01727 731027
Tel: 01727 731000


Mental health information for 6-12 year olds, for 12-18 year olds, and for parents and teachers. Based in Adelaide, Australia. It contains a wealth of interactive exercises and games for young people.

Hertfordshire Anti Bullying Initiative on The Grid

This is the Anti Bullying Initiative site for schools. It gives details of the initiative, contains the Hertfordshire Anti Bullying Toolkit and it also contains valuable guidance for schools in developing anti bullying policies.

Hertfordshire Domestic Violence / Abuse Helpline

Domestic violence or abuse.

Tel: 08 088 088 088 Free phone number for anyone

Hertfordshire Drug Education Forum

This countywide initiative offers support and advice on drug education for young people and parents and offers training for staff working with them.

Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust


Hertfordshire Young Carers Project

Area covered: Hertfordshire – although several local projects. What services are offered? Excellent service offering help, support and information for Young Carers. Trips and activities are regularly organised for those caring for a family member and the team provide education / awareness raising for those working with children and young people. Helpful website.

Contact details:
Monday – Thursday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm
Tel: 01992 586969

Isabel Hospice

Area covered: East Herts; area covered by health district serviced by Lister/QE II Hospitals. What services are offered? Telephone & email service. Information, guidance & support are available to bereaved children/young people; parents/other caregivers; teachers/schools; other professionals i.e. health visitors.1-to-1 support for all ages up to 18 years and group activities for 5-18 yrs

Contact details:
Tel: 01707 330686 or

It’s not your fault

NCH Website that offers information and advice for children and young people whose parents are divorcing or separating. There is also information for parents.

Kids Direct

This excellent website is designed for children aged 5 to 11. It aims to encourage children to think of themselves as young citizens with a range of rights and responsibilities. It invites children to explore a self-contained world, full of online games and activities.


Website for children and young people that gives practical advice on bullying and staying safe.


Like it is

This website contains a wealth of information for young people on sexual health and sexuality.

Massage in Schools Programme (MISP)

The Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) is a clothed child to child massage programme aimed at 4 – 12 year olds. This inclusive massage programme is used to encourage learning and develop social and emotional skills within a safe environment. MISP is a recognised anti-bullying strategy and MISA has been a member of the national anti-bullying alliance since 2003.

Quote: From John Stead, NSPCC Education Advisor “The Massage in Schools Programme is a fun, whole-school strategy for promoting respect and reducing bullying”.

Tel: 020 8681 1900

Moving on Up

An information site for young people with learning disabilities who are going through transition and are from minority communities. It can be translated into a variety of languages.

Muslim Health Network


Muslim Youth Helpline

Helpline hours:

Mon-Fri: 6pm - 12am

Sat-Sun: 12pm - 12 am

Freephone: 0808 808 2008
Tel: 0870 774 3518
Fax: 0870 774 3519

National Inquiry into Self Harm among Young People

The UK’s first inquiry into self-harm among Young People. Interesting articles and reports on the prevalence of self-harm. Will be of interest to professionals working with young people.

NCB: Self harm & young people

Excellent website for young people affected by self harm, their families and professionals working with them.

Primary Tai Chi

Primary Tai Chi offers flexible Tai Chi and Chi Kung-based resources to Primary School Teachers, enabling them to run their own daily class exercise sessions for 4 - 9 year-olds. These include an instructional DVD, relaxing CD, and live (instructor-led) on-site Teach the Teacher workshops. We have been given a 5-star review by the Times Education Online and have worked with regional PCTs, Healthy Schools representatives, and individual school partnerships.

Princess Royal Trust for Carers: Young Carers Website

An excellent website offering advice and information to young carers.

Psychosis Sucks

Website to support teenagers and adults living with Psychosis.


Area covered: North Herts & Stevenage What services are offered? This is a generic service for ages 10-25 years that specialises in family change. Monday 3.15-5.15pm drop in at Hyde Out. Tuesday 4-6pm at Bowes Lyon House. It is available during the holidays and there are plans to extend the hours. Referrals are accepted from the young person, family or friends and other professionals.

Tel: 01462 679139


Samaritans website, full of information, leaflets and resources for those working with young people

SoBS - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

This website is designed for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide. They hold a lot of excellent information although you do need to phone to order it rather than being able to download it.

National Helpline: 0870 241 3337 which is
Available 9am - 9pm every day.

St Albans City and District Bereavement Network


Area covered: St Albans City & District What services are offered? Helpline answered personally on weekdays with an answer phone at other times. It is developing specialist work with children and families at times of bereavement. Support for professional workers and resources of literature.

Tel: 01727 841841

Stevenage World Forum for Ethnic Communities

Area covered: North Herts & Stevenage What services are offered? Group and individual counselling is offered for ages 12 to adult. It is a specialist service for people from black & minority ethnic groups. Self-referrals are accepted.

Tel: 01438 369600

Stop Text Bullying


A new website for schools, young people and parents on preventing and targetting text bullying. Excellent resources available on the site.

Talk to Frank

Excellent information & advice website for young people on drugs. They also produce an excellent range of leaflets and packs for use with young people.

Helpline: 0800 77 66 00 for free & confidential drugs advice 24hours a day or email

Teenage Health Freak

This brilliant website aimed at young people has a wealth of information on issues that may be affecting them i.e. concerns about weight, mood changes, depression etc. It has an A-Z index, quizzes and a virtual surgery.

The Base


Area covered: London Colney Services provided: Free & Confidential counselling for 11-19 year olds on a short or long term basis.

On the website there is an Agony Auntie page where you can leave an anonymous question and it will be answered.

Opening Hours: The Base itself is open: Tues 7-9:30pm. Ages 11-17. Various activities.
Cost £1. Weds 7-9:30pm. Ages 11-14.
Various activities. Cost £1

You can get in contact with the counselling service by texting your name to 07796522216 or
Email your name to

The Hideout

The first national website to support children and young people living with domestic violence, or those wanting to help a friend. The site informs children and young people and offers sources of help.

The Living Room (Stevenage)


Area covered: Mostly North Herts What services are offered? Group and one to one counselling available at this specialist addiction service. The service is available Mon-Fri 9.30-5pm for those aged 13 years and over. Referrals are accepted from the NHS, Friends and Family and young people themselves.

Tel: 01438 355649

The Place 2 Be


The Place2Be delivers a range of services directly to children, parents and teachers in primary schools. They also offer training for volunteers, staff and adults working with children.

The Site

Excellent site for young people with information and advice on all mental health subjects. Fun quizzes and problem page.

Winston’s Wish


Excellent website for young people which offers ideas on remembering lost loved ones, ways of dealing with feelings and offers an email service for help and advice. It also has ideas for adults on helping children and young people with their grief.

Worried Need 2 Talk?

This website for young people is supported by the NSPCC & Childline. It contains information and advice on staying safe.

Young Minds


This site contains excellent downloadable information for children and young people, professionals and parents on topics such as depression, bullying, self-harm and parental mental illness. There is a helpline for Parents (although any professional with a concern about a child’s mental /emotional health can call for advice).

Helpline: 0800 018 2138

Mon 10am-1pm, Tues 1-4pm, Weds 1-4pm & 6-8pm, Thurs 1-4pm and Friday 10am-1pm.

Youth Talk

Area covered: St Albans district area What services are offered? Youth Talk provides a generic youth counselling service for 14-25 year olds. Referrals can be made either by the young person themselves or by the GP. There is also a Young Parents support service. The service is open daily by appointment and there is also a weekly drop in service.

Tel: 01727 868684