We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time or are struggling with how you’re feeling, it can be really scary and upsetting. It’s normal to feel angry, sad, worried or stressed sometimes. However, if you’re struggling to cope with those feelings, it might be useful to look at support. Talking about things might feel tough, but there are lots of people and organisations that can help.
The Little Blue Book of Sunshine
A useful resource available is a mental health booklet aimed at teenagers called the The Little Blue Book of Sunshine. The book offers lots of practical and useful advice and aims to help young people by sharing lots of tips on how to deal with many problems, such as anxiety, stress, body image, relationships and anger. It also includes information about where to get help when they need it. Download book.
Kooth: an online youth counselling service
Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th birthday) in Berkshire West with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors.
To use the service or find out more visit www.Kooth.com
You can also view a short video about the service by following this link: Kooth Video
Anna Freud Centre
Self-care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health. The Anna Freud Centre have put together some strategies to help you to manage your wellbeing. Anna Freud Centre
Every Mind Matters
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Every Mind Matters has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. It includes videos for tips on exercise, sleep and how to take care of yourself on social media. There are also links to help for groups of people who may be finding things particularly tough, or have additional needs, and support with some of the issues they may be facing.
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Local resources of support
ARC – youth counselling
www.arcweb.org.uk| 0118 977 6710
No.5 – youth counselling
www.no5.org.uk| 0118 901 5668
Bracknell Forest area
Youthline– youth counselling
youthlineuk.com| 01344 311200
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Kooth online counselling
Talking Therapies (over 17s)
Anyone aged 19 or under can speak to a Childline counsellor by phone or online about anything that is worrying them.
The phone helpline provides 24/7 emotional support for anyone feeling down or struggling to cope
0300 123 3393
Information for young people aged 11-18. We're Mind. We understand mental health and wellbeing. We're here if you need us for support and advice.
In a crisis or emergency
If you have urgent concerns about a mental health problem, use the NHS 111 online service at 111.nhs.uk or call 111. If you’ve injured yourself, taken an overdose or are in an emergency and believe that your life is at risk, please dial 999 or go to the nearest emergency department.