Mental Health Resources for Children and Young People

Mental Health Resources for Children and Young People

Mental Health Resources for Children and Young People

9th Dec 2021

The last year has seen an increase in the number of children and young people who have experienced mental health issues.

Get urgent mental health support, advice and refer yourself

Our 'one stop shop' mental health website is packed full of useful resources to support mental health and wellbeing for children and young people. It also allows young people 14 and over, parents / carers and professionals to make referrals to Sefton & Liverpool CAMHS services. In the 'Resources' tab, you'll find plenty of helpful videos, just like the one below relating to anxiety.

Below we have a number of resources which we would encourage you to use if you are experiencing any mental health issues.

CAMHS Crisis Line

If you or a child or young person in Sefton or Liverpool is in a mental health crisis then we have a 24/7 helpline available.

Phone (24 hours) - 0151 293 3577 and 08081 963 550

Email (monitored 24/7) -

The CAMHS Crisis team are mental health practitioners who can offer advice and support about how to cope in a crisis, help a young person or carer make plans to keep a young person safe and offer ongoing support as and when required. 


CAMHS works with the young people, parents, carers and partner agencies to make sure that the right care is provided to each individual, depending on their needs and circumstances.

The Reporter's Academy works alongside Sefton Camhelions, a youth advocacy group, and key group of Sefton Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Together, we worked on the Health Information Champions project, to create this film. The film tells the story of some of the positive solutions to the mental health challenges that the young people have faced as a result of the pandemic Covid-19. For instance, taking up volunteering and new hobbies. All with support from family, friends and the NHS.

Our services

Some of the issues we can help with include:

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Difficulties
  • Conduct/Behaviour Problems
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional and Behavioural difficulties in children with Learning Disabilities
  • Obsessions and Compulsions
  • Psychosis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-harm
  • More complex psychological difficulties

We also provide consultation, advice and training to other agencies and accept referrals from a wide range of professionals. The team is multi-disciplinary, which means our clinicians come from a range of clinical and professional backgrounds.

Refer to us

If you are from the Liverpool area, you can refer yourself, or a child or young person, here.

If you are from the Sefton area, you can refer yourself, or a child or young person, here.

Useful Documents

pdf-logo.png  Challenging Behaviour - Supporting your loved one at home

pdf-logo.png  Supporting children and adults with severe learning disabilities at home

Useful websites and apps

Websites - Support for parents/carers and young People in relation to mental health – Support to children/Young People who hear voices, sees visions or have unusual sensory experiences. - online counselling support to Young People - Support to Young People information, advice and guidance support - Self Help website to Young People with depression, anxiety, anger, panic, stress, bereavement, phobias, traumatic stress, sleep problems, obsession & compulsions - self-help website for young people and parents/ carers to support with anxiety - Self-help website for ADHD, anger, anxiety, pain, suicidal thoughts, depression, flashbacks, self-esteem, OCD, panic, problem solving, psychosis, relationships, stress, - Is your child in crisis? Are you worried about them? Perhaps you just want some parenting tips. This site will help you understand and support your child. - Support for young people who self-harm


To be downloaded from either the App Store (for Apple devices) or Google Play Store (for Android devices):

  • Buddify
  • Smiling Mind
  • Stop, breathe and think
  • Mindshift

Managing worry

For help and advice on managing your worry, watch our series of YouTube videos by clicking the below button.

FRESH CAMHS - Information and support for young people

In summer 2015 a group of young people who had experience of CAMHS launched a campaign, with the support of Alder Hey, to fight the stigma of mental health. This ‘FRESH’ look at mental health aims to promote and increase understanding of mental health conditions, as well as change the way specialist mental health treatment is delivered and improve the experience of other young people.

More information, plus resources and support for young people is available on the FRESH CAMHS website.

Dewi Jones

We see families here at Alder Hey, we offer services in the community and have an inpatient facility - the Dewi Jones Unit.

Our Mental Health Appeal

The Clinical Health Psychology team supports the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people who are under the care of Alder Hey due to an underlying health condition or an acquired injury.

They also support the families of these young people as well as the staff who take care of them. The team is made up of psychologists, creative arts therapists and psychiatrists and work with lots of medical and surgical teams across the hospital.

Our Clinical Health Psychology service deserves a purpose-built home, in a comfortable, modern, welcoming environment that provides young people and their families with a safe space to come and explore challenging thoughts and emotions. We have a target to raise £3million to enhance the brand-new Mental Health and Community buildings, currently under construction on our campus, and we are more than half way there!

Find out more about our Mental Health Appeal here.

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