We have created some short videos about techniques and strategies to help you with managing difficulties that often come up when living with a chronic health condition:
We have included some more information and websites below which may be useful for you.
Please note: The resources listed below do not constitute urgent care. If a child or young person is in need of immediate support due to risks to their own safety or other people’s, it is essential that you access urgent care in one of the following ways:
- Contact your GP to arrange an urgent appointment
- Attend your local Accident and Emergency department
- Call NHS 111 and select option 2 for mental health crisis support (this service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
YouTube video for adolescents – We created a video with one of our patients who wanted to share their experiences of teenage life with diabetes and some things which have helped him. This video is designed for adolescents and young adults with Type 1 Diabetes.
Diabetes UK – Diabetes UK have lots of resources and information available. They also run weekends for families and children impacted by Type 1 Diabetes to provide education and an opportunity to meet other people living with diabetes.
Oxford University Hospital information
Support for Parents of children with Chronic Fatigue
Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association
Self-help pain resources. ‘The Pain Toolkit’
Useful websites and self-help resources
AnDY: Lots of helpful links and resources for young people experiencing anxiety or depression and their families.
Anxiety-UK: A national charity providing support for people living with anxiety.
CAMHS Resources: A collection of downloadable self-help guides on a range of topics relevant to children and young people.
Centre For Clinical Interventions: there is a section on looking after yourself and others. There are some good self-help resources and workbooks.
Childline: Lots of advice and support around self-harm and mental health. There are also some coping skills and strategies to help when feeling overwhelmed. Call 0800 1111.
Hope again: Run by Cruse bereavement service, this website is for young people affected by bereavement.
Kooth: Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. They offer online counselling, supervised online peer support and articles written by young people.
My Mind: Interactive online strategies to try, listed by age groups. It is based on DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy) and created by CWP NHS Trust.
NHS UK: A wealth of information about medical conditions, their symptoms and treatments.
Papyrus (prevention of young suicide): Useful advice and information on coping strategies. There is support for people experiencing suicidal thoughts, and information for families and friends supporting young people who are dealing with mental health difficulties.
Reading Well: A list of useful books on a range of topics related to young peoples’ mental health.
Samaritans: Available 24 hours or contact for free on 116 123.
Stem 4: A charity promoting and providing resources for teenagers’ mental health.
The Mix: Lots of helpful support for young people under 25. There is also a crisis messenger and 1:1 chat service on the site. There is information around mental health, relationships, bullying and much more
Young Minds: Lots of advice and information around mental health. There are also sections for parents.
Hospichill: Developed to help children and young people with managing worries about hospital appointments, this app has lots of relaxation exercises and activities to help deal with stress or anxiety.
MindshiftTM: Designed to help teenagers who are struggling with anxiety or low mood, Mindshift includes tracking tools, positive thinking activities, relaxation tips, and inspiring quotes/ stories.
Chill Panda: The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.
Pacifica: This app is designed to help with anxiety and/or depression. It provides daily challenges and activities complete, and allows you to rate your mood and track your progress.
Moodmission: This app provides you with personalised “missions” designed to reduce feelings of low mood or anxiety.
Calm Harm: Provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It’s private and password prevented and was designed by a teenage mental health charity.
Self-Anxiety Management (SAM): SAM includes lots of information about anxiety, as well as calming activities and tips to help you feel relaxed.
Breathr: This free app is specifically for young people and offers a range of mindfulness exercises which are designed to be fun and easy to try.
Stop, Breathe, & Think (and Stop Breathe & Think Kids): This app asks you how you are feeling and offers personalised mindfulness and meditation activities to help with your mood. There are two versions – adult/ teen version, and a kids version.
Daily Quote; Daily Motivational Quotes; Motivation Quotes: These free apps give you a positive quote each day at a time that you can choose. You can also add your own quotes and save your favourites.
Study Bunny: An app to help motivate and focus you with studies/ work – set up to do lists and get rewarded for working for periods of time you can set.
Smiling Mind: This app was developed by psychologists and allows you to practice daily meditation and mindfulness exercises. There are exercises for a range of different age groups.
Daylio: A mood and activity journal to help notice what things help/don’t with emotions.