Caring for children's and young people’s mental health

We support children, young people and their families when they have difficulties with their emotional wellbeing, relationships, behaviour or mental health.

We help with all sorts of issues, from common worries to more severe or long-term difficulties. We also support children, young people and their families with disabilities and additional needs like autism.

As a partnership of specialist NHS services and voluntary organisations, we can make sure you and your family get the support you need.

Mind the Gap – Autism Information Sessions & Social Space!

Want to find out more about Autism from professionals and peers? or looking for a fun Autism friendly social space? Take a look at our new Mind the Gap offers below.

Online Information & Learning Sessions

Our Online Information & Learning Session is directed to young people who have got a diagnosis of Autism aged 14 to 18 years. The session will run quarterly for 1.5h on a Monday afternoon. The session will be delivered by a member of the Targeted Health Outreach Team, an Educational Mental Health Practitioner and an Autistic Young Person. Please see the flyer HERE!

This session is an introduction to a series of topics that Autistic young people have told us they are interested in hearing about, including:

  1. Understanding Diagnosis

  2. Relationships

  3. School Adaptations

  4. Sleep

  5. Mental Health

The session will lightly touch on all these topics and provide a series of links and trusted information sources where young people can find out more information at their own pace. To attend, young people can book their spot directly through the EventBrite HERE!

Drop-in Group

Our Mind the Gap Monthly Drop-in Group is a new offer for young people aged 12 to 18 years. The group will be taking place every second Thursday of the month at Hackney Ark and it will be a space for young people to get together and do fun activities, play games, engage with other young people and learn more about neurodiversity in a safe and supported environment. Please see the flyer HERE!

How to access the group?

Parents/carers and young people over the age of 16 will be able to self-refer by emailing huh-tr.mindthegap@nhs.net and expressing their interest. After completing a short referral form, they will receive a call from one of our facilitators to gather more information, ascertain that the offer is suitable for the young person and answer any questions they might have.

SilverCloud

SilverCloud is a digital mental health platform which includes programmes that are specifically tailored to parents, caregivers, teachers and people working with children and teens that are struggling with feelings of worry or anxiety.

CAMHS Disability Coffee Mornings

The CAMHS Team at Hackney Ark run a range of coffee mornings for parents/carers to attend. You can find relevant information in the flyers below or within the events calendar.

If your child is known to CAMHS Disability at Hackney Ark and you would be interested in finding out more about our coffee mornings, please call 0207 014 7071.

CAMHS Disability Coffee Morning 2023 Dates

 

Your Visit to CAMHS – Video Guide

This video helps explain to young people what happens at a CAMHS appointment, and what to expect from your visit.

Mental Health Song – It’s OK (With Sign Language)

We all have moments feeling blue.

We all have a lot of situations to manage in our lives, and the associated emotions that come with them, and children are no different.

Although this song can be applied to many situations it was originally written in response to the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, which turned many of our lives upside-down with lockdowns, restrictions and bereavements. This was undoubtedly a difficult experience for adults and children alike.

This song encourages us to recognise and accept how we are feeling and acknowledges the importance of sharing our feelings, whether they are good or bad, with someone we know and trust; “It’s OK if you’re not feeling OK”.

Mental Health Support Team

Here is a video to tell you about the City & Hackney Mental Health Support Team and what we do!

Understanding and Managing Emotions Workshop for Teens

This workshop is aimed at children and young people aged 12-18 who have struggled to cope with any type of difficult feelings, be this anxiety, anger uncertainty, low mood, low self-esteem.

The recording is from a workshop session in January 2021.

This workshop will:

-Look to develop an understanding of when and where your feelings occur, and also help you start to make sense of these experiences.

-Allow you to learn about a variety of practical strategies that have been shown to help young people cope with difficult emotions.

You can watch the webinar here:

Please note: all First Steps workshops and webinars are for parents, children and young people open to First Steps. To attend a workshop/webinar/group you will need to be referred to First Steps by a professional or self-refer. If you would like more information on what we offer or how to access our services please get in touch on 0207 014 7135. 

Understanding and Managing Emotions Workshop for Parents and Carers of Teens: Part 1, 2 and 3

This 3-part workshop is aimed for parents of children aged 12-18. Recording’s are from the latest workshop in March 2021. You can watch all three sessions below.

Session 1:

  • Helps parents of teens to develop their understanding of emotions, the concept of emotional avoidance, and also the importance of understanding how the teenage brain influences emotions and behaviour.

Session 2:

  • Contains a range of practical strategies to help parents cope and manage common situations when strong emotions show up when interacting with their teen.

Session 3:

  • Looks at how parents have been implementing any of the new ideas or strategies previously learnt.  This workshop session also considers how to manage emotions before, during and after they become overwhelming to your teen.

Please note: all First Steps workshops and webinars are for parents, children and young people open to First Steps. To attend a workshop/webinar/group you will need to be referred to First Steps by a professional or self-refer. If you would like more information on what we offer or how to access our services please get in touch on 0207 014 7135. 

Building Confidence and Managing Anxiety in Your Child Webinar: Part 1 and 2

This is a two-part online webinar aimed at parents of children aged 11-years and under with difficulties in the context of worries and anxiety.

Part 1: Helps parents to develop their understanding of anxiety in children, where it comes from and what might be keeping it going.

Part 2: Introduces a range of practical strategies to help parents manage their child’s anxiety and build up their confidence.

You can watch part 1 here:

 

You can watch part 2 here:

Moving on from Primary School

This resource is to support young people who are getting ready to start secondary school. It contains a series of worksheets to help young people think ahead and prepare for this change.

Click here to access the leaflet

Directory of Parent Programmes in City & Hackney

Click here to access the directory

Being a parent and raising children is one of the most important and rewarding jobs. At the same time it can be hard work and challenging. Babies and children change and develop at a rapid rate and parents need to adapt their approach to keep up.

Parenting programmes are one type of support available to parents and carers, which provides them with the opportunity to develop their skills and strategies in parenting and raising their children.

Programmes are mostly delivered to groups of parents and carers, who come together to work through a programme which has a track record of improving outcomes for families. The parenting programmes are delivered and facilitated by a trained worker who has experience of delivering the programme and supporting parents and carers to develop their parenting skills.

Transitions Passport and Lesson Plan

Resources to use with Year 6 students to support them in transitioning to secondary school. This lesson plan offers young people the opportunity to share their worries around transitions, and helps schools to identify students who might need additional support.

Click here to download files.

Young Minds

Charity for young people’s mental health, providing young people with tools to look after their mental health. The Young Minds website is full of advice and information on what to do if you’re struggling with how you feel.

Young Minds empower parents and adults who work with young people, to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives. They aim to give young people the space and confidence to get their voices heard and change the world we live in.

Click here to access the website.

Young Hackney

Young Hackney

Young Hackney is the Council’s single service for all young people aged 6 – 19, aiming to help all of Hackney’s young people to enjoy their youth and become independent and successful adults.

What do we do?

Young Hackney runs activities for young people across the borough, and offers advice and help support to young people who need it, on subjects like education, employment, housing or health. Young Hackney staff also work on:

  1. specialist areas such as sports and participation.
  2. prevention – working with young people who might get involved in antisocial behaviour or crime
  3. youth justice – working with young people who have been arrested to make sure they do not offend again
  4. substance misuse
  5. helping young victims of crime.

We also work closely with the Family Information Service. You can visit their website to get more information about activities for children under 8 years of age, and for support available to families.

Woman’s Trust

Recovery from domestic abuse:

Click here to access the website.

Temper tantrums

Information booklet on how to manage temper tantrums in young children:

Click here to access the document.

The Child Feeding Guide

Help with the challenges of childhood feeding.

Click here to access the website.

The Mix

The Mix is a digital charity for under 25s, providing a platform for young people to talk to experts and their peers about everything from money to mental health, homelessness to jobs, break-ups to drugs and more.

The Mix’s mission is to empower every young person to make an informed choice about their wellbeing; whether that’s through our peer-led and moderated community, multi-channel helpline, counselling service, crisis support messenger or our range of support content.  

Click here to access the website.

Toilet training for Children with Communication Difficulties

Toilet training for children with communication difficulties:

Click here to view the document.

What Helped Us – Parents Film

What parents of children and young people who used our First Steps service found helpful

What I Feel – Film

What it feels like to be a young person:

What it feels like to be a Parent – Film

What it feels like to be a parent.

What’s Helped – Film

See how young people felt before and after they used our First Steps service:

OCD Action

Help and support for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Click here to access the website.

Sleep letter

Ideas to help you sleep, written by a girl who came to see us.

Click here to view the letter

Sleep for babies toddlers and young children

Information leaftet containing advice on helping babies, toddlers and young children to sleep.

Click here to access the leaflet.

Siblings group

Listen to children and young people talk about our siblings’ group:

Shoreditch Trust

Helping people make positive life changes, overcome challenges and build connections; Shoreditch Trust has over 22 years’ experience and specialist expertise in designing and implementing community-based health and wellbeing programmes.

We support communities in Hackney and neighbouring boroughs to improve their health and wellbeing, develop social networks, and build skills and opportunities for meaningful employment.

Our focus is on working with people who experience health, economic and social inequality, including women in pregnancy and early parenthood, young people not in education or work who are at risk, stroke survivors, socially isolated older people and those experiencing long term health and social issues.

Click here to access the website.

Samaritans

Free and confidential 24 hour phone line providing emotional support for anyone in distress.

Click here to access the website.

Project Indigo

Local group for young people questioning their sexuality or gender identity.

Click here to find out more.

Playing with your child with communication difficulties

Advice for playing with your child with communication difficulties.

Click here to access the resource.

National Self-Harm Network

Online forum supporting people who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life.

Click here to access the website.

National Autistic Society

Information, support and services for Autistic people.

Click here to access the website.

Free Cakes for Kids

Community service to families, who find it difficult to provide a birthday cake for their child.

Click here to visit the website.

Exam stress webinar

Practical tips for taking care of yourself in the run up to exams:

Frank

Confidential helpline and website for honest information on drugs.

Click here to visit the website.

Fussy eating

Advice and guidance on how to manage fussy eating in young children.

Click here to access the leaflet.

Hackney Quest

Support and development projects in the local community.

Click here to visit the website.

Head banging

Advice on how to manage head banging in young children.

Click here to access the leaflet.

Insomniacs

Advice and guidance on how to tackle Insomnia.

Click here to access the website.

 

Keeping Children Safe Online

Link to support and tips from the NSPCC on keeping your children safe online.

Click here to access the webpage.

Lifesigns

Supporting people affected by self harm.

Click here to visit the website.

Little Parachutes

Search for picture books that address situations and issues that young children experience.

Click here to visit the website.

Managing change

Leaflet providing information on how to support your child to manage change.

Click here to access the leaflet.

Managing difficult behaviour in children with communication difficulties

Managing difficult behaviour in children with communication difficulties

Kidscape

Kidscape aims to reduce the impact of bullying and harm on young lives through programmes and services that:

  1. Build communities of support
  2. Reduce isolation and loneliness
  3. Promote positive relationships
  4. Support resilience and wellbeing
  5. Help children recognise and respond to bullying behaviour.

Click here to access the website.

Mental Health Foundation

Helping people understand, protect and sustain their mental health

Mind

Mind, the mental health charity

Beat

Support for anyone affected by an eating disorder.

Click here to visit the website.

British Institute of Learning Disabilities

Support for people with learning disabilities.

Click here to visit the website.

Brook

Free, confidential sexual health services for young people.

Click here to visit the website.

Bullying UK

Advice and support on tackling bullying.

Click here to visit the website.

 

CALM

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide.

Click here to visit the website.

CAMHS Disability – Parents’ Support Group

Parents talk about their experience of our CAMHS Disability service:

Childline

Childline helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can get information and advice about a wide range of issues whether it’s something big or small.

Click here to access the website

CHYPS Plus

Local information for young people about mental, physical and sexual health.

Click here to visit the website.

Coping when someone dies

Resource for helping children and parents cope when someone close to them dies.

Click here to access the booklet.

Cry-Sys

Support for families with crying, sleepless babies.

Click here to visit the website.

Dealing with a new arrival

Information leaflet on helping children to deal with a new sibling.

Click here to access the leaflet.

Derman

Derman provides a range of health-related services to Kurdish, Turkish, Turkish Cypriot and Eastern European Turkish people mainly refugees and asylum seekers mainly in Hackney.

The services include:

  1. Bi-Lingual Health Advocacy
  2. Counselling/Psychological Therapies
  3. Mental Health Recovery Support
  4. Welfare Rights Advice and Group Activities for individuals and families.

Click here to visit the website.

ERIC

ERIC is the national charity dedicated to improving children’s bowel and bladder health. Their aim is to reduce the impact of continence problems on children and their families.

Click here to visit the website.

Anxiety UK

Support for people affected by anxiety.

Click here to visit the website.