World Mental Health Day 2018

It’s World Mental Health Day. And this year’s theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is young people and mental health in a changing world.

If you are caring for a child or young person needing support, the following organisations and resources could help: 

Mental Health First Aid England

Has a special toolkit filled with practical tips such as how to talk to young people experiencing MH problems, links and downloadable content for parents, schools, colleges, universities, youth organisations and practitioners, as well as some self-care tips for young people themselves.  Find it online 

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’s Keep Your Head website

The website offers help for children and young people as well as adults. And brings together good, reliable, up to date information on mental health and well-being for children and young people, parents/carers and professionals.

Parent-led Listen Groups in Huntingdon and Cambridge

Parents supporting parents is the idea behind these two groups offering a safe place to talk and peer support for parents worried about their child or young person with social or emotional mental health problems.

Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind Wellbeing Service

A service for people aged 18–64 who are experiencing mental distress to the extent that it is impacting on their lives and sense of wellbeing. It offers personalised support where you can access peer support groups, one-to-one support and skills-building workshops.

Rethink Mental Illness

With one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem in any given year in the UK, it is inevitable that we all know someone affected by mental illness. Rethink CambridgeAre you supporting a family member or friend with mental ill health?

Rethink offers:

  • Carer support groups in Cambridge & Peterborough
  • Phone support on 07783 267013
  • Email support at
  • Contact Jonathan Wells on 07342 691768

Young Minds Parents’ Helpline

Worried about a child or young person? Call the Young Minds parents helpline – 0808 802 5544.

It’s free – for free helpline for confidential, expert advice from trained advisers. Open Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm

CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service

In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, CHUMS  offers support to children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and low mood, as well as those with significant emotional wellbeing difficulties arising from life events, such as bereavement and bullying.

Visit the CHUMS website for more information on local services.