On this page, you can find a range of resources which can be used to share information on mental health support for children and young people through your own communications, as well as updates on work led by Healthy London Partnership and Good Thinking.
HLP children and young people’s mental health bulletin
The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Programme at Healthy London Partnership publishes a bi-monthly bulletin, which provides updates on current and upcoming events, latest guidelines/work that has been published, and general programme information on work that is taking place in London
Mental health crisis support and messaging
Every NHS mental health trust in London has put these in place, so children, young people and their families can get help quickly when they need it. Professionals are also able to access these crisis lines if they are concerned about or would like advice about a child, young person, or family.
Children, young people, and their families can get free help, advice, and urgent mental health support from 24/7 crisis telephone lines available in every London borough.
Telephone numbers for all London boroughs, as well as other support available, can be viewed on our urgent support lines page as well as charity helplines and a communications toolkit to help partners raise awareness of the support lines to young people and their families.
Eating disorders awareness
For 2022, HLP’s CYP and Adult Mental Health teams co-produced a week-long schedule of content to raise awareness around eating disorders. Visit the webpage for blogs, podcasts, links to other support and resources, and a communications toolkit.
Our eating disorder guidelines for professionals, co-developed with Beat, also provide information on free additional support for parents and carers. Beat in partnership with London’s three Children and Young People’s Mental Health Inpatient Provider Collaboratives and Healthy London Partnership is offering Nexus, a telephone support service for parents caring for a loved one who has an eating disorder and Solace, an online peer support group where parents can find support and empathy from people who truly understand what they’re experiencing. Andrew Radford, Chief Executive of Beat, said: “we know that caring for a loved one with an eating disorder can be an isolating experience, but that carers can play an essential role in helping a loved one recover from an eating disorder. That’s why we are pleased to offer our free programmes, Nexus and Solace. To make a referral call Beat’s Supportline on 0808 801 0356. Parents and carers can also access these services through their GP or by calling the CarEd Supportline directly.”
Communications framework to support children and young people, parents and carers, staff and leaders working in education
This communications framework has been created to support parents and carers, staff and leaders working in education for 2021. This document has been revised to align with the school calendar and to respond to emerging feedback, themes, or issues as we move into further stages of the response to COVID-19. It aims to provide a basis for services provided by the NHS, local authorities and voluntary sector working together to meet the needs of young Londoners in particular. While specific arrangements will vary across boroughs, this document sets out an overarching framework which can be used in London-wide communications to create a consistent set of messages on how to seek help. It also contains a summary of where help is available online and it brings together the various resources available.
Good Thinking young people’s digital platform campaign toolkit
Good Thinking launched an extended platform for young people in 2021. We hope you can support this campaign for #YoungLondon.
See the campaign toolkit here.
Building on three successful years of supporting those living or working in London, Good Thinking is now available to young people aged 13-18, as part of London’s health and care vision on the theme of improving the emotional wellbeing of children and young Londoners.
Thanks to the Mayor of London and our collaboration with Partnership for Young London, we have been able to provide a range of tools and apps to help manage sleeplessness, anxiety, stress, low mood, and other feelings. This is a timely initiative to help empower young people to take control of their wellbeing and to raise awareness of the mental health support available, which can support them through the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.