Mental Health and Self-care for Young People

It's fair to say 2020 was not exactly easy, and many are feeling uncertain or anxious about the future. But there's loads of things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing. Taking any time you can for self-care is massively important, especially now.

Knowing what steps we can take to support our mental wellbeing can help us feel better, sleep better and have better relationships with the people around us – and that goes not just for today but for the future too.

Please check out these NHS videos for all sorts of tips on exercise, sleep and how to take care of yourself on social media. You will also find links to help for groups of people who may be finding things particularly tough, or have additional needs, and support with some of the issues you may be facing.

Parent and Students Experiencing Anxiety Due to COVID-19

There is lots of information and support available for our children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Lancashire and South Cumbria Healthy Young Minds website


PAPYRUS is the UK Charity for the prevention of young suicide.

For the PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK call 0800 068 4141 (open 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends and bank holidays)

Click HERE for access to their website – Online Support For Young People

Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day.

When students register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards.

All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated.

To find out more visit  where young people can register and others can find out more about the service.

You can also view a short video about the service at:

Kooth Information Sheets

CAMHS support to children, young people and families

Telephone 01695 684262 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday-Friday Weekends 10:00am – 6:00pm

We want to keep you and your families as safe as possible.

If you or a member of your household have a high temperature, a sudden cough, or any other symptoms, look on the NHS 111 website to check whether these might be Coronavirus and self-isolate in line with government guidelines.

CAMHS Appointments 

Appointments now will be by telephone or Skype.

Children, young people and their parents or carers, would be seen in the clinic ONLY if it is seen as urgent. Please call and discuss this with the person your appointment is with if you are concerned.

CAMHS Prescription Requests

Please try giving us 7 working days for repeat prescriptions
 Note we are still giving only maximum 30 day prescriptions

We can assure you plans are being made to ensure repeat prescription of medications can be continued, do keep yourself updated through national/local news/media

If you are worried about your own, or someone else’s safety, or if your mental health is making you unwell, please phone us on the number above or ring one of the contact numbers below:

Childline: 0800 1111

Wellbeing Mental Health Helpline: 0800 915 4640
 Samaritans: 116 123

Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Young Minds: Text YM to 85258 for urgent support 24 a day

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Further Guidance