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Shining a light on support available to children and young people this World Mental Health Day

8 October 2021

This World Mental Health Day (10 October 2021), Richmond Council is shining a light on support services available to children and young people who might need help with their mental health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on mental health. Children and young people have had to deal with school closures and disruption to their routines. As a result, record numbers of children and young people are seeking access to NHS mental health services.

The latest NHS Digital survey National Study of Health and Wellbeing: Children and Young People highlights two issues in particular: sleeping problems and a rise in eating disorders. If you are a young person with concerns about these issues, please speak to your GP for further support. There are also services available to help with these issues and other mental health concerns

  • Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous place for young people to find online support and counselling.
  • Off The Record, Twickenham, offers free drop-in counselling for young people aged 11–24 living, working or studying in the borough of Richmond
  • YoungMinds and the Teen Sleep Hub provide specific advice for improving sleep.
  • Beat Eating Disorders has helplines open 365 days a year and a one-to-one web chat service. 
  • View our helpful summary of services available in the borough for children and young people.

If you are a parent or carer who is concerned about your child’s mental health, you can access the Young Minds parent helpline and webchat and NHS every mind matters webpage for support and information . 

Additionally, Richmond Borough Mind is hosting a free workshop on tips and techniques for managing mental wellbeing on Monday 11 October at midday. Register to attend. 

If you would like to support local charities that provide for young people’s mental health, you can donate to the Richmond Voluntary Fund (Registered Charity No.1186870). The charities for 2021/22 are Off the Record, Richmond Borough Mind, Dose of Nature and Marble Hill Playcentres. If you can, please donate

Cllr Piers Allen, Lead member for Adult Social Care and Health and Chair of the Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

"It has been tough for everyone since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Understandably there has been widespread concern about the impact on the mental health of children and young people, with evidence suggesting that many are struggling.

"It’s so important that children and young people know it’s okay not to be okay and to seek support through the services available to them."

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Updated: 8 October 2021