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Young People Help and Advice

Resources for children and young people

Local Renfrewshire resources

  • Lifelink - - counselling for young people on issues such as well-being, feelings, stress, relationships, health, emotions, coping skills, anger and conflict, peer support and exam stress. Speak to pastoral care staff or a teacher at your school who can refer you into the service.
  • Crisis counselling - – counselling service in Erskine. Specialist counsellors trained to work with children and young people affected by many issues. You can self-refer on 0141 812 8474 or email
  • School nurse –support young people affected by mental health issues e.g. related to bereavement, parental separation. Referral can be done by School or by the GP.
  • Women and children first - - provide support to women and children who have experienced rape, sexual assault, physical abuse, harassment and/or child sexual abuse regardless of where or when this happened. You can self refer on 0300 300 0345
  • Cedar Network - – part of Scottish Women’s Aid. Programme for children and young people who have been victims of or witnessed domestic abuse. Programmes also available for the mothers of these children/young people. Run by Renfrewshire Reconnection – 0300 300 0345 (can self refer).

Online resources

  • – UK’s leading charity for looking after the emotional health of young people. Excellent website with helpful resources and advice for both the young person and their parent/carer. There is a separate Parent helpline 0808 802 5544 (9.30-4pm M-F)
  • – UK based charity. Free, confidential support for anyone under 25y. Offer support on wide range of issues such as self harm, sex and relationships, mental health, bullying, drugs, finding a job, money, housing problems, work and study, crime and safety , travel and lifestyle. Can chat online or phone 0808 808 4994 or chat by email. Available 24/7 365 days/year.
  • – UK based charity, anyone under 18 can confidentially call, email or chat online 1 to 1 with on online advisor about any problem. Freephone 24h helpline 0800 1111 or sign up for a childline account online to be able to message a counsellor any time without using your own email address.
  • run by XenZone (a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults). Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free to use. Register online to sign in and access it.
  • Prevention of young suicide – Papyrus. –national confidential helpline for young people <35 at risk of suicide or someone worried about a young person. 08000684141 or 07786209697 10am-10pm M-F 2pm – 10pm weekends or email
  • - useful information and video clips of other people’s experiences including mental health problems
  • - Supporting teenage mental health. This is a useful website with advice for young people, their friends and family/carers about teenage mental health including issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, depression and anxiety, addiction.

Help with specific issues

  • Help with bullying –
  • – UK Charity Bullying UK – lots of information including about Cyberbullying.
  • – Scotland’s anti-bullying service – information for young people, parents and information on anti-bullying policies
  • –The Anti-Bullying Network – website supporting anti-bullying work in schools and providing information about how to tackle bullying. Sections for young people and for their parents/families.
  • Help to lose weight –
    • Weigh to go – service in Renfrewshire for 12-18 year olds who want to lose weight. Run by Youth Health Service in Renfrewshire or phone 0141 451 2727
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual health and wellbeing
  • - website of the family planning association with loads of useful information about contraception, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and sexual wellbeing.

Other useful online resources

Phone apps

  • Stay alive – pocket suicide prevention app including safety plan, lifebox to store photos and memories that are important to you, tips for staying safe, breathing exercises
  • Calm Harm – award winning app to help you cope with the urge to self harm
  • Smiling mind – guided meditation
  • SAM – self-help for anxiety management
  • Headspace – meditation and mindfulness
  • Calm – meditation and help with sleep.
  • Stop Breathe Think – sleep better, breathe more easily and find more calm
  • Bhuddify – meditation and mindfulness


For children/young people:

    • Feeding the anxiety gremlin (Kate Collins-Donnelly) – there are 2 books, one aimed at children aged 5-9y and one at children aged 10y and over.
  • Stopping the pain: a workbook for teens who cut and self injure (Lawrence E Shapiro)

  • What to do when you worry too much – a kid’s guide to overcoming anxiety (Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews) – self-help book aimed at 6-12 year olds and their parents.
  • The huge bag of worries (Virginia Ironside) – aimed at anxious children aged 3-8 years
  • Am I depressed and what can I do about it? (Shirley Reynolds) * – age appropriate self-help guide aimed at young people aged 13-17 who are experiencing low mood and depression

For parents/carers:

    • Helping your anxious child: a step by step guide for parents - 2009 edition (Ronald Rapee) – strategies and techniques to help parents help children with separation anxiety, general anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobia, panic disorder.
    • A volcano in my tummy: Helping children to handle anger (Eliane Whitehouse) – A resource book for parents, caregivers and teachers
  • How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk (Adele Faber) – effective step by step techniques for parents to help improve their relationships with their children

    • How to talk so teens will listen and listen so teens will talk (Adele Faber) – practical advice for parents and teens
    • When your kids push your buttons and what you can do about it (Bonnie Harris) – advice on how to end the cycle of action and reaction between you and your child.
    • Parenting a child who has intense emotions: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills to help your child regular emotional outbursts and aggressive behaviours (Pat Harvey) – guide to de-escalating your child’s emotions and helping your child express feelings in productive ways
  • Overcoming your child’s fears and worries: A self-help guide using Cognitive behavioural techniques (Cathy Cresswell) – teaches parents how to use cognitive behavioural techniques with their children.
  • Teenage depression – a CBT guide for parents (Shirley Reynolds) – companion book to * above. Looks at the issues from a parent’s point of view with advice about what to look out for and strategies to help.

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