Adults supporting young people

Creating and promoting a safe place where young people can talk openly about how they are feeling, without fear of judgement, is the cornerstone to starting a conversation.

Opening up conversations can encourage children and young people to understand that we all have mental health, it’s OK to ask for help when we need it and it can also help them identify ways to look after their mental health.  You don’t have to be a mental health professional; we can all listen. Knowing where to start can be hard so here are some tried and tested tools to help guide you, build your confidence and understand what the next step might be.

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Caring Conversations tool

Stigma Free Lanarkshire have put together 5 simple tips for how to have a caring conversation with somebody that has reached out to you. These tips are intended to be used as a guide for conversations.

See Me What's on your mind

What's on your mind

See Me have created a card to help children and young people talk about mental health and get help and support. It has information on where, how and who to get support from. Adults can share this tool or use it to encourage conversation.

Children and Young People

Signposting poster

Stigma Free Lanarkshire have created this poster to offer children and young people some NHS approved sources of further support. This poster is handy to have at the ready when having a conversation with a child or young person.

Kooth Website

Kooth is a free, anonymous online mental health support service for young people aged 10 to 18 and those aged up to 26-years-old who are care experienced. It is a safe and anonymous online resource that can be accessed through smart phones, tablets or computers. It features activities, self-help articles, live chats, discussion boards and is guided by a team of accredited counsellors and practitioners who can provide focused individual support. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with counselling available 12-10pm on weekdays and 6-10pm on weekends, all year round.

Lanarkshire Mind Matters

Lanarkshire Mind Matters

Help with mental-health problems ranging from mild stresses right through to complex and long-standing difficulties.

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Daylight and Sleepio

Two new online programs to help you manage anxiety and get a better night’s sleep.

Silvercloud for YP

SilverCloud for Young People

SilverCloud for helping young people, an evidence based approach to support children and young people who are struggling with anxiety.

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