Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing
Thoughts and feelings make up a lot of a daily lives. Children and young people are developing their understanding of thoughts and feelings and this can be challenging. We have collected a set of resources to help families with emotional well being, ranging from finding ways to describe different feelings to managing ‘melt-downs’ when they become too overwhelming. We know that some young people find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings with words and they might show as behaviours. You may also find our page on managing behaviour helpful.
Ambitious about autism A collection of videos and blogs, all written or featuring autistic young people themselves, designed to explain diagnosis, autistic identity and everything that surrounds it. Young people can access these directly, or with parental support as needed, to help them begin to understand autism and their experiences and build a positive self-identity which in turn will support their wellbeing.
These further resources below are not autism-specific but can provide useful information and supports for children and young people in relation to their mental health and wellbeing.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Supports children and young people with a range of difficulties that are seriously impacting on their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Referrals are made by a GP or other professional.
Community Youth Teams A specialist service for vulnerable young people aged 10-18 years. This is a targeted, early help service which aims to support young people into positive destinations and reduce the likelihood of them entering the criminal justice system. Young people, parents/carers or professionals working with your child can make a referral and your child does not need a confirmed diagnosis to be referred.
Gold digger trust A charity working to equip young people with the confidence and skills to make positive choices for themselves.
Kooth An online mental wellbeing community. Children and young people can access support directly.
Young Minds Supports young people, and those caring for them, with their mental health. They provide a parent helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person.
Happy Maps A website featuring a range of information and mental health resources for parents and carers, and for young people and children.
January 2022: Our guidance for inpatients at Sheffield Children's remains that two named parents/carers may be permitted in inpatients. This is under review. Please check the site before you visit.See more about our guidance about inpatients
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