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Mental Health and Wellbeing for Children and Young People

Children and Young People


If you, or your young person, are aged under 18 (or 25 for those with a Learning Disability) there are lots of organisations that offer mental health help, both locally and nationally. You might need different types of support at different times in your life.

Below is some information on how we meet mental health needs in Trafford.

If you are over 18 (or 25 with a learning disability) see the Mental Health and Wellbeing services page for adults

Quick reference guide to helpline support available for children and young people in Trafford.

Coronavirus COVID-19

It has been a difficult time but there are a range of services available to support your wellbeing and mental health remotely which can be accessed from your own home.  You can find up to date information at the coronavirus mental health and wellbeing resources for children and young people page.

Virtual Mental Wealth Hub toolkit provides advice and information on services that are available to support children, young people and staff at this challenging time.


How to find help

In Trafford we use the THRIVE model to deliver our services to young people. This model thinks about the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of children, young people and families through five different groups, each based on the level of need: Thriving, Getting Advice and Signposting, Getting Help, Getting More Help, and Getting Risk Support.

In Trafford we have a big focus on prevention and promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing.

As the THRIVE model describes, our mental health and emotional wellbeing services often don’t fit into just one of these groups; they all offer information, signposting and advice while also providing help to those who need it.

We also encourage children, young people and their families to be actively involved in decisions about their care.

For example, is a safe space that promotes positive emotional health, offers advice and information about mental health, and there is also an option to speak with a trained counsellor online for evidence-based, goal-focused help and support.

Click on the segments below to find out more about the wide range of support available to you in Trafford.


Self Help

Services in this category are appropriate for anyone and everyone.  It could be that you’re feeling a little down or just fancy some extra activities to do in your spare time.  Example service: Gorse Hill Studios.

You can also have a look at our Things to Do pages for more ideas


Getting Advice

Services for when you only need a small amount of advice or support with your mental health and wellbeing.  Example service: Talkshop.


Getting Help

These services can offer you specific help across areas such as counselling, mentoring and therapeutic support.  Example service: 42nd Street.


Getting More Help

In this area you will find services offering specialised, goals based support around serious issues that you’re really struggling with. Example service: Healthy Young Minds (formerly CAMHS).


If you are over 18 see the Mental Health and Wellbeing services page for adults


Helpline support



Samaritans: available 24 hours a day for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk.

Papyrus: information and advice for young people who may be at risk for harming themselves.



National Bullying Helpline: help and advice for children and adults dealing with bullying at school or work


Emotional and mental health

Kooth: free, anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing support for 11–18 year olds.

42nd Street: offer a range of individual, group, and art based support for those aged 13–25 years old. 

Young Minds: if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.

  • Young Person Crisis messenger: text YM to 85258.
  • Service available 24/7 for parents worried about their child
  • Parents Free to call Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9:30am-4pm)

ChildLine: confidential helpline for children and young people to support you and help you find ways to cope.

Shout: 24/7 free text service, for anyone in crisis, if you’re struggling to cope and need immediate help.



Hope Again: support for children & young people affected by the death of someone close.

Winston’s Wish: support for bereaved children, their families and professionals.     

Child Bereavement UK: support for families or when a child is facing bereavement.

GM Bereavement Service: offers support to people who have been affected by death.


Substance / Alcohol misuse

Early Break: For Trafford young people who are struggling with substance misuse.

NACOA: if you are affected by someone else’s drinking, NACOA can help.

FRANK: information and advice to anybody concerned about drugs/substance misuse.

  • Helpline: 0300 123 6600



No Panic: advice and information for people suffering from panic attacks & anxiety disorders.

  • Youth Helpline (for 13-20 year olds): 0330 606 1174 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 3pm to 6pm; Thurs 3pm to 8pm; Sat 6pm to 8pm) 

Anxiety UK: user-led organisation, with resources, text service and info line.

  • Info line: 0344 477 5774 (Mon–Fr, 9:30am–5:30pm exc. Bank Holidays)
  • Text: 07537 416 905 


Eating Disorders

Beat: information on anorexia, bulimia & other kinds of eating disorders.

  • Free to call Studentline: 0808 801 0811 (Mon-Fri, 12pm–8pm; Sat-Sun, 4pm-8pm) 
  • Free to call Youthline: 0808 801 0711 (Mon-Fri, 12pm–8pm; Sat-Sun, 4pm-8pm) 

Anorexia & Bulimia Care: providing on-going care, emotional support & guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders.