Useful lists of information and resources:
Chronic worrying or Generalised Anxiety Disorder information: https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help-now/anxiety-information/anxiety-disorders/generalised-anxiety-disorder-gad/
Self-help guide for teenagers with OCD: http://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/obsessioncompulsion.asp
Young Minds is a charity committed to improving the mental health of young people. They provide support for those worried abut a young person’s behaviour or mental health and also provide information leaflets.
Youth Health Talk
Health Talk provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people’s real-life experiences. The Youth Page contains balanced information about the experience of everyday life with a range of health conditions and issues, what to expect both physically and mentally, overcoming practical difficulties, making decisions about treatment and talking to health professionals. It offers video clips of people in the same situation sharing their experiences, advice and support.
Rethink provides information and a helpline for anyone affected by mental health problems.
Helpline 0300 500 0927
Mind provides information on mental health problems and treatments.
Helpline 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm)
Depression Alliance is a national charity that provides information and articles about depression.
No Panic is a national organisation providing information about anxiety disorders.
Additional support for times of crisis:
Childline 0800 11 11- a free confidential 24 hour helpline for young people up to the age of 19
If you prefer, you can also speak to a counsellor online:
Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 – a free confidential 24 hour helpline
Papyrus HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41 – a free confidential helpline for anyone concerned about a young person at risk of harming themselves. Open weekdays 10am – 5pm, 7pm – 10pm; weekends 2pm – 5pm.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust self help leaflets
Website provides a range of mental health self-help guides.
Stallard, P. (2002) Think Good, Feel Good. A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Workbook for Children and Young People. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
A practical workbook for children and young people using CBT strategies.
Williams, M. (2000) No Worries . London: Walker Books.
A picture story book that promotes the idea that it is good to talk about worries, for children aged 4–8 years.
Huebner, D. (2006). Washington, DC: Magination Press.
This interactive self-help book has been written for children and parents and explains CBT techniques in an easy to understand way, with lots of pictures and metaphors.
Reynolds, S. & Parkinson, M.
Am I depressed? And what can I do about it? The book adopts a narrative approach with graphic elements, incorporating case studies and including some interactive exercises. It provides an essential bridge for young people who have not yet asked for professional help as well as support for those who are waiting for treatment.