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Useful Resources

The following information and websites might be useful for the family/

If there is a crisis:

The support outlined does not constitute urgent care and therefore should it be felt that is at, or approaching a point of crisis, where it is not possible to keep a child safe, it is essential that you access urgent care through either through your GP or by attending your local Accident and Emergency department.

Condition-specific website/support


YouTube video for adolescents- We created a video with one of our patients who wanted to share their experiences of teenage live coping with Diabetes and sharing 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 who understand,

Children With Diabetes UK 

Beyond Type 1


Epilepsy Action

Young Epilepsy

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Great Ormond Street Hospital


Oxford University Hospital information

Royal College of Paediatrics and child health

Chronic fatigue

NHS website

ME Association

Support for Parents of children with Chronic Fatigue

Chronic pain

Pain Concern

Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association

Self-help pain resources. ‘The Pain Toolkit’

Self-help resources

Clinical Centre of Interventions


CAMHS resources

Covid-19 Resources for Parents and Carers of Children and Young People

Covibook – to support and reassure children under the age of 7 years old, by helping them explain and draw the emotions they might be experiencing

Place2Be – resources to support parents and carers in talking to children about Covid-19

Young Minds – 10 tips for parents to support and talk to children about Covid-19

British Psychological Society – how to talk to children about Covid-19

Unicef – talking to your child about Covid-19

Zero to Three – tips for families about Covid-19, including how to talk to children, self-care, and ideas for activities for young children

Emerging Minds – supporting children and young people with worries about Covid-19

Dr Ranj’s Coronavirus Advice for Kids – a YouTube video for any children worried about Covid-19, giving an explanation of what the virus is

Headspace – meditation app and website

Young Minds – looking after your mental health whilst self-isolating

Anna Freud Centre – self-care tips and activities for young people, YouTube video for advice re managing mental health and wellbeing whilst socially distancing

Public Health England – ‘easy read’ guidance about Covid-19

MenCap – further ‘easy read’ guidance about Covid-19

Liverpool CAMHS Resources – Resources for supporting children during social distancing

MIND –  Advice about Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Child Mind Institute – advice on supporting kids, teens and young adults during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as parental self-care

The Green Parent – Big Lockdown Resource List – ideas on how to cope with lockdown with children and young people

Activity ideas for home

Below are some websites that offer suggestions for family activities that you might want to try at home with younger children:

Toucan Box

…and for adolescents there are some good ideas in this list

Here are some more ideas on how to keep occupied and active, and counteract boredom, with activities and educational games and free online videos

The Green Parent Big Lockdown Resource List – Ideas of things to do during social distancing / lockdown period

Konnie Huq –  YouTube Channel posting fun-but-educational videos at 10am each Monday, Wendesday and Friday, aimed at 6-12 year olds

The Body Coach TV – YouTube Channel posting daily “P.E. with Joe” work out videos at 9am everyday.

Wendymac – on Instagram, running a live art class every day 5-5:30pm for children

Audible books – free audiobooks for children on Amazon

David Walliams – Free audio stories each day for 30 days

Literacy Trust – As a response to school closures, literacy trust have developed a comprehensive web portal with resources and advice for parents to support with home schooling.

Oxford Owl – Activities and fun ideas to keep children learning during school closures

Helpline numbers


Tel 0800 1111 or visit to chat to someone online– 24hr


24hr helpline, Tel 116 123

Papyrus Hopeline UK

Specialist helpline for young people, Tel 0800 068 41 41 or Text 07786209697

Useful websites

AnDY (anxiety and depression in young people research unit), Reading University: Lots of helpful links and resources for young people experiencing anxiety or depression and their families.

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

Centre For Clinical Interventions: there is a section on looking after yourself and others. There are some good self-help resources and workbooks. They offer CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) resources including worksheets, self-help, leaflets, videos and information sheets on a wide range of mental health problems such as anxiety, OCD, depression, PTSD)

OCD Action: Help and support for young people experiencing obsessive compulsive disorder

Hope again: Run by Cruse bereavement service, this website is designed for young people affected by bereavement

Body Dysmorphia Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Foundation: Lots of help and support for people with body dysmorphia


Royal College of Psychiatrists

Young Minds




Samaritans: Available 24 hours or contact for free on 116 123

Stem 4 (teenage mental health charity)


Reading well (list of useful books)

My Mind: Interactive online strategies to try broken into age groups. It is based on DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy) and created by CWP NHS Trust

Young Minds: Lots of advice and information around mental health. There are also sections for parents.

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

Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) Useful advice and information on coping strategies. There is also support for people experiencing suicidal thoughts. They have a crisis messenger.
There is also information for families and friends supporting young people who are dealing with mental health difficulties.

Kooth: Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. They offer online counselling, supervised online peer support and articles written by young people. The online counselling is online from: Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm

Useful Apps

MindshiftTM App

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.

Pacfica App

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 App

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) App

SAM includes lots of information about anxiety, as well as calming activities and tips to help you feel relaxed.

Talk Life

A peer support network for young people who struggle with mental illness. Allows you to post anonymously and talk to other young people, to get and give help.

Breathr App

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.


Originally developed to help with nerves about hospital appointments, this app has lots of relaxation exercises and activities to help deal with stress or anxiety.


A mood and activity journal to help notice what things help/don’t with emotions.