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Young people's mental health

We work with lots of different people to help children and young people in Derbyshire improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Everyone has concerns and worries at some point in their life but if you're feeling overwhelmed, unhappy or struggling to cope then you need to be able to speak to a trusted adult.

This can be a parent, a school nurse, a youth worker or a mental health worker. You can also visit your GP or your school may have counselling services.

All these people will take your concerns seriously and keep them confidential if you wish.

If you don't feel you are ready to speak to someone face to face just yet, then you can find lots of information online. You can find lots of help, support and advice from the following places.

Derbyshire Mental Health Support Line

Derbyshire Mental Health Support Line tel: 0800 028 0077. Mental health support line for Derbyshire people of all ages. Open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.


Childline is the UK's free helpline for children and young people. It provides a confidential counselling service for any child with a problem. To contact Childline you can chat online or call the free helpline, tel: 0800 1111.


Samaritansprovides non-judgmental emotional support for those experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts. Tel: 116 123 free helpline (24 hours per day), or email


Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous mental health and emotional well-being online support for young people aged 11 to 25.


Qwell offers free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support for parents and carers of young people.

Future in Mind

Growing up is meant to be one of the best times in anyone's life but it can also be tough. There are many pressures and some young people, such as children in care and those leaving care, are exposed to situations and experiences that can make them particularly vulnerable.

Over half of the mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 18.

Although mental health issues are relatively common, it is often the case that children and young people don't get the help they need as quickly as they should.

Future in Mind have been working very closely with children, young people, families and providers of services across Derbyshire to plan how children and young people's mental health and wellbeing could best be supported to give them the best start in life.


BEAT offers information, help and support for anyone affected by eating disorders. Call their helpline on tel: 0808 801 0677, student line, tel: 0808 801 0811, youth line, tel: 0808 801 0711 or web chat.

Young Minds

Young Minds offers information, advice and support for young people affected by mental health. If you are a young person looking for help and support and need urgent help you can text YM to 85258 for free 24 hours per day, 7 days per week support.

If you are a parent worried about your child you can talk to an expert at the free parents helpline, tel: 0808 802 5544 or use the Young Minds contact form.


Papyrus provides confidential support and advice to young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person at risk of suicide. email or call Hopeline UK on tel: 0800 068 41 41 or text: 07860 039967.

Self-harm UK

Self-harm UK offers information and support around self-harm including an online support group.


If you've suffered a bereavement or other traumatic event in your life, this can sometimes lead to depression or anxiety. Find out where to go for bereavement support.

Eating disorders

First Steps Derbyshire is Derbyshire's only eating disorders charity. The charity supports people all over Derbyshire and the surrounding areas who are affected by eating difficulties and disorders; this includes parents, partners and families.

Watch First Steps' short film about eating disorders and stigma.

Derbyshire's specialist weight management service, Live Life Better Derbyshire, can also help people to tackle bad eating habits, over eating and excess weight.