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Mental Health Support for Children and Young People

Hope and Care - 31 August 2021

Find out about local support for your, or your child’s mental health needs

If you or someone with you is experiencing a mental health crisis, call NHS 111 to get help from the right place.

If your life or someone else’s life is at risk then call 999 or go to A&E, for example if they taken an overdose or have a serious injury.

Locals in Wokingham Borough have told us that they want to see young people’s mental health support prioritised. Our ‘What Matter’s Most’ report showed that collectively people want better access to help at the time they need it most and more information about the types of support available.

CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

CAMHS work with young people who are experiencing significant, severe, and complex difficulties with their mental health. These difficulties range from feeling low a lot of the time and worrying about lots of things to finding and fitting in with friends, hearing voices, having significant difficulties around eating, self-harming and even considering killing themselves.

Your GP can refer you or you can refer yourself or your child by using the form linked here

Unfortunately, very large numbers of people are referred to CAMHS so there may be a long wait for treatment. If you or your child are experiencing extreme mental health difficulty or suicidal thoughts, you can call the crisis support team on 0300 365 1234.


Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing service for people aged 11-18. Young people can access support from a team of qualified, professional counsellors, therapists and support workers.

ARC Wokingham

ARC offer counselling sessions to young people aged over 11 at their premises in Wokingham, Woodley or at selected GP surgeries and schools in the Borough. If you would like to arrange counselling with ARC then fill in the form on their website.

Mental Health Support Team (MHST) in schools

The Mental Health Support Team (MHST) will support children and young people with emerging, mild or moderate mental health difficulties which may be affecting day to day life. The project initially is for those pupils on roll at 12 schools in Wokingham.

Depending on the age of the child or young person, they may work either directly with them or with their parents. They also work with school staff and offer support on different levels with the aim of developing and supporting a whole school approach to mental health.

National Support


Whatever you are going through Samaritans will help you face it. They are available to talk 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123

Resources for parents and young people to support their mental health.

24 hour service for young people under the age of 18 to talk with a trained counsellor on the phone, by webchat or email. Phone 0800 1111.

Information and support for your mental health.



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