Resources and support for children and young people under 18

We understand the unique challenges and opportunities that come with growing up. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and compassionate space where parents, guardians, educators, and young individuals themselves can access a wealth of information, guidance, and assistance. Whether you're seeking educational tools, mental health resources, or simply looking for a supportive community, you've come to the right place. Explore our diverse range of resources designed to empower, inspire, and nurture the potential of our next generation.

You can find below resources young people created - video clips of their honest and frank conversation about young black and Asian men and the societal and cultural influences that affect their mental health; a vlog on social media detox and support for advice for young people starting university.

Body Images conversations with your teen

Conversations about body image between parents and teenagers are important for promoting self-esteem, mental health, and healthy habits. These discussions help counteract unrealistic beauty standards, prevent negative body image issues, and reduce the risk of mental health problems like depression and eating disorders.

These conversation starters help parents empower their teens to resist societal pressure, build resilience, and develop a positive relationship with their bodies. By addressing diet culture, encouraging self-acceptance, and modelling healthy attitudes, parents can lay the foundation for a lifelong healthy body image and well-being for their teenagers.

To enlarge and download click on the following link Body Positivity conversations guide

Personal hygiene conversations with your teen

Conversations about personal hygiene with teenagers are crucial for various reasons. They promote physical health by preventing infections and illnesses and promote mental health by boosting self-esteem and confidence, enhancing social interactions, and preparing teens for adulthood by teaching essential life skills.

These conversation starters are designed to help prevent potential embarrassment and social exclusion by helping your teen to establish healthy lifelong habits and strengthen the parent-teen relationship. They ensure that adolescents safely manage the physical changes of puberty and contribute to improved mental well-being.

To enlarge and download click on the following link Personal hygiene conversations guide

Conversation about young Black / Asian men and the societal and cultural influences

Mental Health pressure

Impact of social media

Managing Stress

Social media detox

Social media can be a constant source of distraction, often leading to reduced productivity and increased stress levels. Taking a social media detox can be a beneficial and refreshing choice for many, it allows individuals to reconnect with the physical world and regain control over their time and mental well-being. Disconnecting from these platforms provides an opportunity for genuine human connection, self-reflection, new hobbies and a chance to break free from the constant comparison culture and the anxiety it can generate.

A group of young people in Newham took part in a social media detox to improve their mental health and well-being. This vlog shows the experience of one of those young people.

(Rania Azzahra – 19 years of age)

Map of Services for Uni Students

We know that starting University can be an exciting time – you get to meet new people, be in a new environment and learn new ideas and thoughts. We also know that for some people it can also be quite a daunting and challenging time. The young people wanted to provide some support to those starting university with a map of self-care services on common challenges that many University students face. Have a look at the map and take away some top tips and advice on how best you can manage your mental health and wellbeing.

How to get help?
  • Sign up for services below directly
  • Talk to your doctor, school, or a youth worker if you need a referral.
  • School health service: call 020 3373 9983 or  visit www.newham.gov.uk/schoolhealth

What is available?

  • Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online platform providing digital mental health and wellbeing advice, support, and guidance to all young people in Newham aged 10-18 (up to 19th birthday). You can reach qualified practitioners through mobile, tablets and computer by joining. Join at https://www.kooth.com
  • BounceBack Online: An online programme to support young people think about the challenges they face and find ways to deal with them. https://bouncebacknewham.co.uk
  • Your Time: Free, confidential for anyone 5-18 years (up to 25 for young people with SEND). 12 sessions helping children and young people to develop skills that are right for them. Your Time can happen where you want, in school, over Zoom or the phone or at Newham’s Youth Zones email your.time@newham.gov.uk  visit www.headstartnewham.co.uk/activities/yourtime
  • ChatHealth is for 11-19 year olds. It is a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people to contact their local nursing team for confidential advice and support, visit chathealth.nhs.uk or text 07507 326645
  • CAMHS is a specialist mental health service for children and young people. Your doctor, school or school nurse can make a referral. There are lots of useful resources and workshops for families at www.elft.nhs.uk/camhs
  • Child Bereavement UK helps children who have suffered a loss or death of someone they love at any time. To access this support, visit www.childbereavementuk.org, email londonsupport@childbereavementuk.org or call Helpline 0800 02 888 40 Translators are available at these services

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Last updated: 21/02/2024

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