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Mental Health and Wellbeing

We have listed a number of areas where young people have told us they'd like information and support 

  • Your Mental HealthMind in Somerset’s Young Person Service  and Young Minds recognise that it isn’t always easy to talk about our emotional and mental wellbeing. Check out their sites for information and the services they offer. Life Hacks were created by a group of young people who came up with a set of LifeHacks to help you and your friends to keep mentally healthy! Kooth offers a free online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, where you can talk to a trained counsellor using your mobile, tablet and desktop.  Reading Well recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. Books have all been recommended by young people and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries.
  • Self-Injury or Self-harm is difficult to talk about but it’s a common problem and you can beat it. Find out what self-harm means and what to do if you think you’re affected by it. Young Minds is a site that can help and Alumina is another good one. 
  • Mee Two MeeTwo is an award winning free fully moderated app for young people, which provides peer support, expert help, inbuilt educational and creative resources as well as in app links to UK charities and helplines. MeeTwo is a neutral space which allows young people to experiment with what it feels like to open up without drawing attention to themselves while positive feedback and social support builds confidence, increases wellbeing and promotes emotional resilience. Click here to check it out 
    Young Semerset has a good sourse of information to help click here to look around their site. or for their helpline click here or if you want their directory of services click here 
  • Coronavirus worries Mindline Somerset offer a 24 hour a day 7 days a week helpline and we would encourage any young person struggling to get in touch with them day or night Tel. 01823 276892 
  • Eating Disorder SWEDA actively reaches out to young people in Somerset to raise awareness of eating disorders and body image issues and offer resources and help to anyone affected by them. 
  • Domestic Violence SIDAS Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service is Somerset's main specialist service to provide support those including young people who are affected by domestic abuse.
  • Drug and alcohol support SDAS is the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service and the link will take you to the young people's section of their website. You may also want to check out Ask Frank or Drink Aware 
  • Gender Identity Mindline Trans plus Mindline Trans+ is a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline and signposting service for people who identify as Trans, A Gender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary. They also operate a free phone line 0300 330 5468
  • Sexual Identity if you are struggling with coming to terms with your sexual identity or questioning it, why not explore our site further and get in touch with us if you want to join one of our groups.
  • Young Carers The Somerset Young Carers Project is the dedicated service in Somerset that supports Young Carers under the age of 18
  • Bereavment  Cruise Bereavment Care Offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults. ROAR is a peer support group for young people bereaved by suicide 
  • Housing and accomodation P2i stands for Pathways to Independence. If you are aged between 16-25 and are in need of housing advice, or in a housing crisis contact P2i
  • akt supports lgbtq+ young people aged 16-25 in the uk who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. They support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates lgbtq+ identities. akt website
  • Childline is a service provided by NSPCC and has lots of useful information on their website or you can call them on 0800 1111

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