Wellbeing and support

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Wellbeing and support

Our children face many challenges as they grow up. You will be aware from the media of the rising numbers of young people who are struggling to cope and who may be suffering as a consequence.

Recent research identified a key list of the challenges faced by our young people. The key issues are:

  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety, stress and depression
  • Self-harm
  • Risky behaviours: smoking, drugs and alcohol
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Self-Esteem and Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Cyber addiction


For parents and carers this can also be a bewildering time. It is with this in mind that we have compiled a list of contacts and websites which you may find useful as you support your child through these challenges.

We must emphasise that none of these resources should replace visiting your GP or other qualified professionals. They may enhance your understanding as well as providing a support network for you and your family but should not replace qualified support.

If you have any positive experiences of organisations or websites that have helped you during any challenging times, please let us know so that we can share them with others.


Websites with information on many of these challenges






Eating disorders

B-eat is the UK’s eating disorder charity, offering information and support



Cyber Addiction



Anxiety, stress and depression

CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Young Minds – information, advice and support for young people and their families

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have information and links to further sources of support

On line support and information from Mind Ed

Depression and suicidal feelings in young men

Papyrus are committed to the prevention of young suicide. They have resources for teenagers and young adults and their parents and friends, and a “Hopeline” (0800 068 4141) for anybody who is feeling suicidal or worried about somebody else



The website www.selfharm.co.uk provides information on self harm.  They are linked to a highly rated and effective on-line support programme, at alumina.selfharm.co.uk

The Alumina website offers an on-line programme for young people who are self-harming. There are two options – a live option, at a fixed time each week or an on-demand option, which uses videos and can be accessed at any time




Risky behaviours: smoking, drugs and alcohol

Talk to Frank – factual information about drugs

Support and information – www.stem4.org.uk


Self-Esteem and Body Image

The Dove self-esteem project has some advice and information applicable to girls and boys



Childline at www.childline.co.uk or call 0800 1111


Gender and Sexuality

Stonewall – national advocacy and advice organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bi -, Trans -, Questioning Plus people. See also Young Stonewall

Families together London offer a monthly support group and on-line support to families of children who identify as LGBTQ+

Families And Friends Of Lesbians And Gays (FFLAG) is a national organisation offering support and advice to families and friends of LGBTQ+ children

Family Lives offers advice to parents


Loss and Bereavement

Winston’s Wish offer support to children and their families after the loss of a parent or sibling

Help is at Hand is a free resource from the NHS designed for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counselling and support. It offers information, advice, education and training services.


Adapted from the work of Mrs Jane Snowsill, Assistant Principal for Wellbeing, The Wren Academy