Support for young people

We listen to what young people are telling us about what they want and need to protect, maintain and improve their mental health and we are here to offer what we can so that they can take the decisions that are right for them.

This simple guide outlines some guidance and resources that young people have told us that they find useful, along with more details on what our youth group does. 

Mental health is something we all have, and it can go up and down and change, just as our physical health can. Young people have had to face serious challenges over this period which hahad big impact on their mental wellbeingor ‘mental health’. 

Our volunteers say:

Every predicted grade really counts as you don't know if you will be stuck with it, every little test in class seems so important - it can be very stressful. Make sure you reach out to friends about it - don't keep it inside. Even if you're stressed, you should be so proud of yourselves

Advice about school

Make sure you have things to look forward to in your day. For me it is cooking and watching TV, For some of the other volunteers it is listening to music really loudly and dancing, or maybe it is doing extra curricular things like this. Find what works for you.

Advice on ways to chill

You should read how nature may help you get through hard times - click here. We have also got loads of advice and resources on our page, or in the section below.

Advice on finding solutions

 

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Supporting yourself 

Real life stories 

Videos 

Podcasts & blogs

Discussion boards 

Mood journal 

Practice mindfulness 

Get into the arts 

Coping kit 

Free Health apps 

Support on easing of restrictions

Support on exams

Volunteer 

 

Our work 

We have an active group of young volunteers called Young Healthwatch Westminster (14-25 year oldswho work with us to ensure young people’s voices are heard in what mental wellbeing support looks like. They also run projects and produce resources to provide guidance for young people. 

 

Catch up on our wellbeing webinar

See how we influence

Mental wellbeing support poster 

Blog 

Our radio appearance 

Our video playlist

Our survey 

Our report 

 

Join us 

Make positive change for yourself and others - download an application form. We are currently redeveloping our group's page, but you can still visit it here.

Urgent support 

A good place to start is with your GP for help with your mental health. If you are distressed and don’t want to waittry:  

  • 24/7 Crisis Text line. Text “SHOUT’ to 85258, or click here 
  • Call: 0800 023 4650 for urgent mental health support in Westminster or Kensington & Chelsea 
  • Free, anonymous help and counselling from Kooth 
  • 'CAMHS' offer specialist services for mental and emotional health for young people, and their families
  • If you need help urgently, but are not at risk of harm, or serious harm, call 111 or visit NHS 111 online 
  • If you feel you need help immediately, call for an ambulance on 999. 

 

Reach out to local groups 

Kensington and Chelsea 

K&C Youth council 

Dalgarno Trust 

Yaa Centre 

The Avenues Youth Project

Youth Action Alliance

Search for a specific group in Kensington and Chelsea 

Westminster 

Mosaic Community Trust 

City Lions 

Greenhouse Sports 

St Andrew’s Youth Club 

Sport4health 

Search for specific group in Westminster 

 

 

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