1. Advice for young people
  2. Self-care support
  3. Be kind to yourself
  4. Helping someone else
  5. Hear from our Young Champions
  6. AFC Crisis Messenger
  7. Urgent help
  8. Additional support

Advice for young people

It’s too early to say what the full impact of coronavirus will be on children and young people’s mental health, but the signs are that it will be significant.

We want to support children and young people and work together to minimise this impact. That’s why we are sharing clear simple advice. You’ll find resources created with children and young people as well as some support from our teams.

Download and share our advice for young people

Self-care support

Our self-care resource for On My Mind has many simple self-care activities which you can do at home

Written by young people to help other young people who are feeling low or anxious.  The strategies should also be useful to adults.

In this video, one of the Centre's Young Champions, Phoebe, shares the self-care strategies which are helping her manage her mental health and wellbeing.

Be kind to yourself

New self-care tile and video

We're often kinder to others than to ourselves, but being kind to yourself is really important for your wellbeing. Young Champions Maddi & Amy have created our 92nd self-care tile on Being Kind to Yourself for Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Read Maddi's advice on Being Kind to Yourself and view Amy's video opposite.  

Amy shares how self-kindness can help your wellbeing

Helping someone else

We understand it can be hard to know what to do when someone you care about is going through a rough patch, so we have put together some tips and advice, with the help of Common Room and young people from mental health support group Hearts & Minds. 

We've put some information on how to talk to someone you're worried about, how to look after yourself during this time and how to seek help from an adult if you become seriously worried. In each section, you can read quotations that come directly from young people who have experience coping with similar situations.  

View our Helping Someone Else page or click on the image to download as a pdf booklet.

Download Helping Someone Else

Hear from our Young Champions

Maddi shares the self-care strategies which help her

Grazia discusses how structure and routine helps her

AFC Crisis Messenger

24/7 crisis text support

The AFC Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support for young people across the UK.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text AFC to 85258.

We know that finding the right support is important, especially if you need someone to talk to right now. We aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer promptly to provide crisis help. They will listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.

This service is provided by Mental Health Innovations and Crisis Text Line branded as SHOUT.  You can read the MHI privacy policy and terms of service here.

Urgent help

If you or someone you know needs help right now, you should, if possible, try to talk to a parent, carer or trusted adult. 

If talking to an adult is not possible, our Urgent Help page has a list of organisations which offer support by text, phone or email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

Additional support

Discover more about the advice and support we're providing to parents and carers, schools and colleges, those working in early years settings, mental health professionals and researchers.


The Centre is taking action to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Our physical sites are now closed but we are still at work, with all staff working remotely. Find out more about our support for children, young people, their families, and schools and colleges and our training and services.

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