To download a guide on what children and young people services are available for emotional and mental well being in your area, select your locality below:
Support available in North Yorkshire
Call a counsellor
Childline provide a confidential helpline where young people can talk to counsellors about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Call Childline free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. It’s confidential and free.
Message a Kooth counsellor
Kooth is a free online counselling, advice and support service available for children and young people in North Yorkshire aged 11-18.
Text BUZZ US
BUZZ US is a text messaging service for young people aged 11-18 experiencing mental health and wellbeing difficulties.
You can text BUZZ US on 07520 631168 about any mental health or wellbeing concerns such as bullying, anxiety, self esteem, eating problems, low mood or stress. You will receive support from a Wellbeing Worker within 1 working day.
Support from school or college
There is lots of support available within schools and colleges. From school based counsellors to school nurses and Compass BUZZ.
To find out more visit the Help from your school or college page.
The Healthy Child Team
The Healthy Child Team is a service for 5-19 year olds experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, providing short term 1:1 support.
The 5-19 Healthy Child Team comprises specialist community public health nurses, healthy child practitioners, assistant practitioners, screening technicians and administrators. They have a named nurse linked to each GP practice in the localities in which they work.
For more information on the service visit the website or call 01609 780780 between the hours of 8am-5.30pm, Monday-Friday.
Compass REACH is a confidential service for 9-19 year olds in North Yorkshire who need support with issues related to drugs, alcohol, mental health and/or sexual health.
They are a a small team of qualified nurses and practitioners who are there to support young people aged 9 to 19 (or up to 25 years old if you have special educational needs or disabilities) to lead happier, healthier lives.
The service is free, confidential and voluntary – plus they will meet you somewhere that you feel comfortable and safe.
For more information on the service visit the website or call 01609 777 662 or the freephone number 0800 008 7452.
Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is a specialist service for children and young people up to the age of 18 experiencing mental health issues that are significantly affecting their daily lives.
If you live in the Craven area of North Yorkshire, the CAMHS service is provided by Bradford District Care Trust (BDCT).
If you live anywhere else in North Yorkshire, the CAMHS service is provided by Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV).
You can find more information about how to access the service on the page About CAMHS
Sleep Support Scheme
The Sleep Charity has been commissioned to provide a pilot sleep support service for children and young people in Scarborough, parts of Ryedale and Whitby.
The sleep service includes providing online one-to-one sleep clinics and developing sleep plans with parents/carers to help address sleep issues and establish a regular night-time sleep pattern. All families will have follow-up support and where needed, will be referred to primary and secondary care for any medical investigations.
The Sleep Charity will provide appropriate sleep advice and support for parents/carers of disabled and non-disabled children aged 12 months to 18 years of age. Those with a Special Education Need or Disability and/or Education Health Care Plan will have access to the service up to their 25th birthday.
Families can self-refer or speak to their GP.
Referrals can be accepted from the 12 practices formerly associated with NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG and those in the Whitby area, for children age 12 months upwards, by telephoning Claire on 07568 052300.
Families can self-refer by telephone or text to Claire on 07568 052300 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Single Point of Access for Mental Health Crisis Services
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust single point of access telephone number: 0800 0516171
This is an all age, single point of access telephone number available 24/7 for those in a mental health emergency living in County Durham and Darlington, Teesside and most of North Yorkshire.
Also take a look at our Urgent Help page for more information.
You may choose to seek support through the private or voluntary sector but it can be hard to know where to start.
Young Minds also provide some information on counselling services for children and young people.