Children and young people's mental health

In crisis or emergency

If you have urgent concerns about a mental health problem and need immediate help, call 111 and select the 'mental health' option – this is how to access the NHS urgent mental health triage helpline 24/7, for all ages. You can also go to

In a life-threatening emergency call 999 or visit A&E.

If you think your child is depressed, talk to him/her and find out if there is any way you can help. Be patient and understanding - what may seem like small problems to you can be too much for a young person.

Talk to your doctor and discuss what treatment (such as counselling) may be helpful. You could speak to your child’s school to see if they have noticed any differences in your son or daughter.

What to say SHOW

Prevention SHOW

Dealing with the uncertainties in life SHOW

What are the signs? SHOW

How to help SHOW

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