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Appleton Academy

Mental Health Support

We will use this page to signpost parents and pupils to mental health support that is available to those who may need it or want to talk to someone.

The Academy will support you in any way we can and staff are ready to talk through any worries or issues you may be struggling with, including by contacting our Parental Support Officer, Emily Chesterman. However, we understand that you may not wish to talk to us or you may want to access specialist support, which we hope the links below will allow you to do. In addition to these links, the Academy will also use this page to share mental health resources, which can be found further down the page.

Childline - confidential telephone counselling 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk  

The Mix - provides a free confidential telephone helpline and online service – 0808 808 4994 (free 11.00am – 11.00pm daily) or you can access the online community https://www.themix.org.uk/  

SHOUT - text SHOUT to 85258 to text with a trained crisis volunteer    

KOOTH - https://www.kooth.com/ or download the app for support from an online counsellor . Counsellors available until 10pm every day. Free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people (check the offer in your area)

Teen Mental Health https://www.mytutor.co.uk/blog/parents/teen-mental-health-a-guide-for-parents/ a guide for parents to help with teen mental health.

Action for Childrenactionforchildren.org.uk  
Charity supporting children, young people and their families across England.  

Anxiety UK - 03444 775 774 (helpline)   
07537 416 905 (text)  or anxietyuk.org.uk Advice and support for people living with anxiety.  

Beat 0808 801 0711 (youth line)  0808 801 0811 (student line)  
beateatingdisorders.co.uk  Under 18s helpline, webchat and online support groups for people with eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia.  

FRANK 0300 123 6600  or talktofrank.com  
Confidential advice and information about drugs, their effects and the law. 

Hope Again0808 808 1677 or hopeagain.org.uk Support for young people when someone dies.  

Hub of Hope hubofhope.co.uk  
A national database of mental health charities and organisations from across Britain who offer mental health advice and support.  

Safer Space /Towerhurst via Email 
Email: Towerhurst@creativesupport.org.uk Tel: 01274 585885

Me and My Mind meandmymind.nhs.uk  
Advice and support for young people struggling with unusual experiences, such as hearing voices.  

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) 0800 800 5000 or 0800 1111 (18 or under)  
Support for children and anyone worried about a child.  

No Panic 0330 606 1174  
Charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).  

OCD Youth ocdyouth.org 
Youth Support for young people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  

On My Mind annafreud.org/on-my-mind  
Information for young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.  

Refuge 0808 200 0247 or refuge.org.uk  
Help and support for young people affected by domestic violence.  

Relate 0300 003 0396
Provides help and support with relationships, including counselling, telephone counselling and anonymous live chat.  

Rethink Mental Illness 0300 5000 927
Provides support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems, including local support groups.  

Safeline 0808 800 5007
Young people’s helpline, helping survivors of sexual abuse and rape.  

Samaritans – call 116 123
PO Box 90 90  
Stirling FK8 2SA  
24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk.  

Shelter shelter.org.uk/youngpeople  
Charity working for people in housing need by providing free, independent, expert housing advice.  

The Mix 0808 808 4994  
85258 (crisis messenger service, text THEMIX)  
Support and advice for under 25s, including a helpline, crisis messenger service and webchat.  

Time to Change time-to-change.org.uk (England)  
timetochangewales.org.uk (Wales)  
National campaign to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental health problems in England and Wales.   

Victim Support 0808 168 9111  
Provides emotional and practical support for people affected by crime and traumatic events.  

Voice Collectivevoicecolleactive.co.uk  
Support for people under 25 who hear voices, have visions or other unusual sensory experiences or beliefs.  

Women’s Aid (England) 0808 2000 247  
Information and support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse, including a directory of local services.  

YoungMinds0808 802 5544 (parents helpline)  
85258 (crisis messenger service, text YM)  
Committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers. Provides information on medication for young people.  

Young Stonewall0800 050 2020  
Information and support for all young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

Papryus – Prevention of young suicide  
Call: 0800 068 41 41  
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org  
SMS: 07786 209697  
A specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to Children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling.  

Youth Accessyouthaccess.org.uk  
Advice and counselling network for young people, including details of free local services.