www.2bu-somerset.co.uk If you’re a young person living in Somerset you may find that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning your sexuality or gender identity can be difficult. The 2BU site is here to help give you some answers and some support and it’s also helpful for parents and teachers to understand what is going on for LGBT young people.
www.ceop.police.uk if you are concerned about online sexual abuse or the way someone is communicating online. Also provides information about keeping young people safe online
www.childline.org.uk support and information on a wide range of topics. Also offers message boards and telephone/online support
www.cruse.org.uk bereavement support for adults and children and young people
www.cypsomersethealth.org/new_home This website is hosted by Public Health Somerset’s Children and Young People’s team to support schools, colleges, Getset services, childrens’ centres and the wider children and young people’s workforce to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Somerset. Resources for parents/carers and young people.
www.familylives.org.uk/ advice about bullying, supporting through exam stress and confidential helpline, online forums for peer support
www.getselfhelp.co.uk online resource for CBT and self-help worksheets to help with anxiety, low mood, panic attacks, etc
Headspace App – meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace aims to teach meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.
www.incharleysmemory.co.uk offers counselling to children and young people and is based in Burnham on Sea. Work to support young people aged 11- 25 in a variety of ways, mainly through one to one counselling
www.josephinesstar.org.uk new charity offering counselling/support to families and children after bereavement in Somerset
www.kooth.com safe and anonymous online support for young people until 10pm – friendly counsellors, self-help and community support
www.minded.org.uk/ online resource with info for adults around child/YP mental health
www.papyrus-uk.org Suicide prevention charity providing confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline, HOPELINEUK 0800 068 41 41
www.samaritans.org information and support if you are struggling to cope, or are worried about someone else – telephone support 116 123, as well as by letter, text and email
www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/ support and information for girls and young women around self-injury, charity based in Bristol
www.somersetdap.org.uk provides free, confidential treatment and support across Somerset to anyone, of any age, who is experiencing difficulties with their substance use or is affected by someone else’s.
www.sompar.nhs.uk/what-we-do/children-and-young-people/professional/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-service-camhs/camhs-single-point-of-access Referrals to the Single Point of Access (SPA) for CAMHS can be made by a wide range of agencies and professionals. The service welcome referrals by letter, use of the CAMHS referral form, by telephone or Early Help Assessment (EHA) form. At present the SPA is unable to accept self-referrals from parents/young people but this is something they are working on and we hope will be available in the future.
www.somewherehousesomerset.org Somewhere House aims to reach individuals who most need help through a variety of services including low cost counselling, educational workshops and community projects. They will see clients in Burnham, Highbridge, Cheddar, Bridgwater and local schools.
www.choices.somerset.gov.uk/025 information for children, young people and then families. Contacts for resources throughout Somerset – currently in development
www.somersettalkingtherapies.nhs.uk offers a wide range of treatments for adults 18 years of age and over who are registered with a GP surgery in the Somerset area and need support with their mental health. Also online resources for self-help.
www.swedauk.org Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association provide support to anyone affected by eating disorders and all related conditions. Services include counselling, self-help support group and a college support service.
www.themix.org.uk support for under 25s around a variety of issues such as mental health, exam stress, relationships, drugs
www.thinkuknow.co.uk is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline and offers advice to parents
www.youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z from eating disorders, to abuse to anxiety and depression – suggests support for a huge range of difficulties for young people and their parents/carers
www.youngsomerset.org.uk Somerset’s largest youth work charity with an aim to work with young people, encouraging them to take responsibility for themselves and become actively involved in shaping the communities in which they live. We work as Wellbeing Practitioners with children and young people – working throughout the county to offer mental health support. We are trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for a range of mental health difficulties, and use these to help you – this is usually one to one support, but we can also provide over-the phone and guided self-help support.
Advising, supporting, empowering people and driving social change. The Citizens Advice service offers practical, up-to-date information and advice on a wide range of topics, including; debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems. Advice is available to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, disability or religion.
Gingerbread is a charity offering support for single parent families. They provide expert advice and practical support for single mums and dads in England and Wales. Covers advice on everything from benefit sanctions to employment and education.