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Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health – (CYP)


Solar: Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Barnardo’s and Autism West Midlands work  together to provide emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in Solihull.

Kooth is a safe, confidential and non-stigmatized way for young people to receive free counselling, advice and support on-line (via our 24 hour website). Including:

  • A chat function for a young person to drop in to speak to a readily available counsellor (see below for live chat times).
  • A messaging function to contact the service
  • Live discussion groups
  • An online magazine which includes opportunities for children and young people to submit their stories or write articles,
  • Information, activities and self-care tools and resources on the site to download.

N.B. The service is staffed by fully trained and qualified counsellors and is free to access for all 11-25 year olds , who live or go to school in Solihull or are looked after by Solihull Council or have a Solihull GP.

The Read Me Well children’s books on prescription  service provides support to children on a range of issues including bullying, death, anger, shyness, divorce or illness in the family. There are books available for 2 year olds to teenagers. There are collections at Solihull Central Library and Chelmsley Wood Library.

Reading Well for young people 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. The books have all been recommended by young people and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries. Further information about the scheme in Solihull librarys can be found under Reading Well Shelf Help.

This Emotional Health and Wellbeing booklist provides titles of books for children, young people and adults linked to a wide range of topics including bereavement, mindfulness and more general information on the topic.

ChildLine (weblink) (link opens in new tab or page) A confidential service, provided by the NSPCC, offering free support for children and young people up to the age of nineteen on a wide variety of problems.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPSYCH) Parents and Youth Info index (weblink) (link opens in new tab or page) PCPSYCH provides specifically tailored information for young people, parents, teachers and carers about mental health.

YoungMinds (weblink) (link opens in new tab or page) YoungMinds is a charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Beat (weblink) (link opens in new tab or page) Beat provides helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders.

HopeLineUK (0800 068 41 41) is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to:

  • Anyone who is concerned about a young person;
  • Children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling.

Depression in Teenagers  is an interactive site with resources for young people with depression using self help ideas and relaxation techniques.

Anti-Bullying Association sources of advice for children and young people are available here.

Other useful websites with information about anti-bullying: