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Mental Health Support

We all have mental health, yet it's often something we find difficult to talk about when we're struggling. With one in 10 children and young people in the UK - that's three in every classroom! - suffering from a diagnosable mental health problem, we think it's important that you know who to turn to for help. Besides speaking to an OSB member of staff, or a trusted adult, here is a list of useful contacts offering advice and support: 

Bristol services

NHS Bristol

The Emotional Health Directory of Services for Children and Young People aims to be the single 'go to' place for information about children and young people’s emotional health in Bristol, including services commissioned by Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group.

Kooth

Kooth is a free online service offering emotional and mental health support for children and young people, aged 11-25. Users can have a drop-in chat with a counsellor, therapist or book a one-to-one session. They have a monitored online forum and users can also record a journal. www.kooth.com

Off the Record

Off the Record provides free and confidential mental health support, information and workshops for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol. www.otrbristol.org.uk / 0808 808 9120

TESS

TESS is a text and email support service that is run by Self Injury Support, which offers help to girls and young women up to 24 in the UK who are affected by self-harm. 0780 047 2908 (Open Sunday - Friday, 7-9pm). Visit www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk to access their email service. 

National Services

Anorexia & Bulimia Care (ABC)

ABC offers personal, ongoing, emotional support and practical guidance for recovery for people struggling with Anorexia Nervose, Bulimia Nervosa and binge eating, in addition to related self-harm. www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk / 03000 11 12 13

BEAT

BEAT is the UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape. www.b-eat.co.uk / Youthline: 0345 634 7650

Bullying UK 

Provides advice on all aspects of bullying. www.bullying.co.uk / 0808 800 2222

Childline

A 24-hour helpline for children and young people to discuss any issues they're concerned about. www.childline.org.uk / 0800 1111

National Self Harm Network

Support for individuals who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life. www.nshn.co.uk

NHS Choices - Young People and Mental Health

An information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress. www.nhs.uk/livewell/youth-mental-health

Papyrus 

A national charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide among young people. www.papyrus-uk.org / 0800 068 4141

Talk to Frank

Friendly, confidential advice on drugs. www.talktofrank.com / 0300 123 6600 / live chat, text: 82111

The Mix

Support and information about how to cope with various issues, whether it's mental health, money, relationships, finding a job, or drugs. www.themix.org.uk / 0808 808 4994

Time to Change

Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. www.time-to-change.org.uk

Winston's Wish

A leading childhood bereavement charity offering practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals. www.winstonswish.org.uk / 08452 03 04 05

Young Minds

Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. www.youngminds.org.uk / 020 7089 5050