Whatever our age, everyone can experience mental health struggles. It’s important to reach out if you feel overwhelmed.
Support is available to you, both inside & outside of school. Here you can find more details of who can help you and how to get in touch.
Your GP might be the first place you turn if you are looking for medical help for your mental health. Depending on the outcome you may be referred to specialist services.
Greenwich Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provides a service to children, young people and families who live in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
If you need urgent help for your mental health, but it’s not an emergency:
You can contact the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) crisis line on 020 3228 5980 Monday to Friday 5pm-10pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am to 10pm.
At all other times, please contact the Oxleas Crisis line on 0800 330 8590, open 24 hours a day.
You can also get help from NHS 111 online or call 111.
If you or someone else is in danger, call 999 or go to A&E now.
Remember, there is always someone you can turn to for help.
South East London Mind
We are your local mental health charity offering information about mental health. We also have a suicide bereavement service which is open to young people.
Bromley Well provides support for young people aged 4 to 19 living in Bromley who care for others (Young Carers), helping them to manage caring relationships whilst enjoying childhood.
Bromley Y provides 1:1 therapy, webinars, workshops, groups and mentoring to young people under 18. The signpost service provides free confidential support via text 07480 635025.
CALM is a suicide prevention charity. Their helpline is open 5pm to midnight every day: 0800 58 58 58. They also have a webchat function on their site.
Candle child bereavement project
Candle child bereavement project offer 1:1 and group counselling for any child in south east London experiencing loss through death. Call 02087684533.
Compass Lewisham has a young people’s health and wellbeing service for children aged 10-19. Their website has lots of useful information about mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Headscape Greenwich is a website for young people who live in Greenwich, offering information and signposting for a whole range of emotional health topics (stress, sleep difficulties, PTSD, anxiety…) and links to videos and other websites/apps to help you with your mental health. You can also take their quiz to see what’s going on and what might help you feel better.
Insight Lewisham is a Young People’s Drug & Alcohol and Sexual Health Service provided by the Humankind Charity. Support is delivered face-to-face and/or via digital platforms to ensure that everyone can have access. You can email them at: email@example.com or head to their website.
Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous online mental health and emotional well-being support for children and young people.
Metro works with anyone experiencing issues related to gender, sexuality, diversity or identity. Call 020 8305 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metro Counselling Service
Metro Counselling Service is a safe and non-judgemental space for you to talk openly about your life. They provide twelve free one-to-one counselling sessions for young people who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or those experiencing issues relating to diversity, equality and identity. Located in their New Cross Mulberry Centre. Parental consent is required for any counselling for those under 13.
Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Metro Shine is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, queer and questioning young people (between 16 and 25) in Greenwich and Bexley that meets in Greenwich every week. All their youth groups are free and confidential.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8305 5004.
Metro Snap is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, queer and questioning young people (between 16 and 25) in Bromley. It is a safe space to meet other LGBTQ+ young people, get support and have fun. All their youth groups are free and confidential. Email: email@example.com or call 020 8305 5004.
Metro Zest is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, queer and questioning young people (under 16) in Greenwich, Lewisham, Bexley and Bromley. They meet in Bexley every week. It’s a safe space to meet other LGBTQ+ young people, get support and have fun. All their youth groups are free and confidential.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8305 5004. You can refer yourself or be referred by someone who works with you (like a teacher or youth worker).
NSPCC Gang and Knife Crime Support
NSPCC Gang and Knife Crime Support. NSPCC is the leading children’s charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood. They have a dedicated helpline for young people who are thinking about joining a gang, are already involved, want to leave, or who need help and support. 0808 800 5000
Papyrus is a charity working to prevent young suicide. They have a suicide helpline open 9am to midnight every day. If you are having thoughts of suicide, or are concerned for another young person who might be, you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.
Call: 0800 068 4141 or text: 07860 039 967
Place2Be offer one-to-one support for young people in schools and have some great tips for navigating exam and results season on their website.
Samaritans: You can access confidential emotional support at any time from Samaritans either by calling 116 123 or emailing: email@example.com
SANE: Connection and community for people with complex mental health issues or trauma. Open every day of the year from 4pm-10pm. Call 0300 304 7000
Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.
A wide range of free resources for teenagers and young people
The Mix offer counselling, support groups for general chat for under 25s. Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying or relationship breakdown can text THEMIX to the 24hr crisis line 85258 or call their free helpline 08088084994 open 4-11pm weekdays.
Young@MIND: BLG Mind’s Peer Support for Young People
Young@MIND is for 18-25 year olds living or registered with a GP in Bromley, on Tuesdays, 4–6pm, in Beckenham. We welcome everyone to join together, learn from one another and share their unique experiences. Together we’ll enjoy activities, learn new skills and create space for mental health and lifestyle discussions.
To get involved or find out more please email Ben.Stewart@blgmind.org.uk
Young Minds have lots of great resources on their website, including tips for dealing with exam stress and anxiety.