Sometimes you may be going through a difficult time and need some support.

If you’re worried or feeling anxious or sad, there are people you can talk to you. From local to national organisations they will offer you advice, support and guidance if you are struggling with mental wellbeing. There’s plenty of apps that can help you navigate through trickier times, and you can also get in touch with our Mental Health Support Team. 

How to look after your physical and mental health

Your emotional wellbeing is just as important as your physical health. Good mental health allows you to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at you.

There’s so much you can do to better your mental wellbeing from taking part in sports and activities to joining groups, or finding a hobby. If that’s not for you, there are a lot of apps that you can download to help you manage your wellbeing. Click on the links below to find out more.

Wellbeing appsActivities and groups

Contact our Mental Health Support team

You can also contact our dedicated Mental Health Support Team (MHST). They can talk to you and provide direct support to help you with your wellbeing. They can also talk to your parents and support them to support you, as well as working with your teachers.

The MHST operates 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Call: 0118 937 6548 or email: MHST@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

We’ve also produced a Mental Health Support leaflet especially for young people. It provides advice and support for young people in achieving good mental wellbeing. Download your copy.

More mental health support especially for young people

We’ve worked with our partners at No5 and Reading Borough Council to produce six videos to help young people deal with everything from anxiety, self-help, ways to ask for help and coping with life after lockdown. See below the videos for more ways to seek help.

Coping with life after lockdown

“Use your energy on things you can control, rather than those bits you can’t”

As we take the final step out of lockdown tomorrow, remember to do so at your own pace, even positive changes can be scary.

@no5youngpeople Young Ambassador Abbie shared her advice for navigating uncertainty about the changes happening around us.

Going back to the workplace after lockdown

Let’s do the right thing for Reading and look out for each other as we leave lockdown. Be respectful of other’s choices as we navigate the new changes, and be respectful of those working to keep us safe. Abbie shared

@no5youngpeople Young Ambassador Abbie shares her her experience of working under tough restrictions, and how it impacted her.

Managing the impact of lockdown

“It doesn’t matter if everything doesn’t get done”

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, but even just saying hello to a friend, or making a to-do list can help us feel more in control. Young Ambassador Tia

@no5youngpeople Young Ambassador Tia shares her advice for managing the impact the last year has had on us all.

Self care

“Self-love begins with self-care”

As results day approaches, make sure you look after yourself. @no5youngpeople Young Ambassador  Angie shares her top tips for practicing self-care, and all the different forms it can take.

It's okay to ask for help

“Our lives have completely shifted, and we are constantly adjusting”

If you’re still feeling uncertain about what the future holds, you’re not alone. @no5youngpeople Young Ambassador Abbie shares her advice for anyone struggling, and why asking for help when you need it is not a bad thing.

Managing your anxiety

“We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can control how we deal with it”

Even positive changes can still make us feel anxious. @no5youngpeople Young Ambassador Gemma shared her advice for managing feelings of anxiety and learning to embrace change and spontaneity in uncertain times.

Kooth

Kooth provides free, safe, anonymous support 365 days a year.

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No5

No5 provides free, confidential counselling and support to children and young people aged 11-25.

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YoungMinds

Charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health

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