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Health & Wellbeing Resources

Local and National Health and Wellbeing resources

Local Organisations

Bluebell Foundation: We provide support for children and young people up to the age of 18 who are grieving through the death or anticipated death of someone important to them. 

Phone: 07516556081 / 07849400315 Website:

Every Life Matters: New suicide prevention charity for Cumbria.

Every Life Matters also provides a comprehensive support directory with advise and further information about Support and Services available to you across Cumbria, Nationally and Online.

                                   Support Directory

SAFA: Offering counselling and support for individuals aged 11+ who self harm and to those who support them.

Countywide Tel: 01229 832269


KOOTH: Free online counselling service commissioned by Cumbria County Council for 11-25 year olds and web support.



Mindline Cumbria: We provide practical information about mental health, services and support. We can help you understand your situation better, explore your options or just be there to listen. 

Phone: 0300 5610000 or text Mind to 81066


The Birchall Trust: We offer support to anyone aged 4 and above affected by rape, sexual abuse or sexualised violence in Cumbria and Lancashire.


National Organisations

Organised by topic.

Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety UK: We offer an extensive range of support services designed to help you to control your anxiety rather than letting it control you.

Phone: 03444 775 774 | Text: 07537 416 905 | Website:

No Panic: Our Youth Mentoring scheme is done on the telephone or online during a 6 week period. It teaches you learning/coping skills, exposure to your fears. Goal setting and all the tools you need to transform your life around.

Youth Line: 0333 772 2644 | Website:

Students Against Depression: Students Against Depression provides you with a calm environment and the resources to help you find a way forward - a website offering advice, information and guidance to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.


First Step South Cumbria: First Step South Cumbria provides free, talking therapies to adults (18+) in South Cumbria.

First Step can help with a range of common mental health problems including mild to moderate depression, anxiety disorders (such as chronic worry, panic attacks, health anxiety and obsessions), or sleep problems.

Phone: 0300 555 0345 | Website:

The Children's Society: Depression often goes unnoticed and you might not even realise you have it. It is important to be conscious of your mood and to seek help if you are ever feeling overwhelmed by your low mood.


Young Minds: If you think you might have depression, you're not alone. Find out more about the symptoms of depression, what you can do to get better, and how you can support a friend struggling with depression or low mood.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:

Childline: Anyone can get depressed. And whatever’s happening, we’re here to support you.

Phone: 0800 1111 | Website:


The Good Grief Trust: We want this to be a safe, lighthearted place where you can try and wrap your head around grief, in your own time at your own pace. 


Cruse: We help people through one of the most painful times in life – with bereavement support, information and campaigning.

Phone: 0808 808 1677 | Website: 

Young Minds: When you lose someone close to you, it’s natural to feel sad, depressed, worried or angry. Everyone reacts in their own way. If you’re finding it hard to cope, we can help you find support.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:

Child Bereavement UK:  We support children and young people (up to the age of 25) when someone important to them has died or is not expected to live, and parents and the wider family when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying.

Phone: 0800 02 888 40 | Website:

Suicide & Co: To support bereaved individuals and open the conversation around suicide-related grief.



Bipolar UK: Our mission is to empower everyone affected by bipolar to live well and fulfil their potential.


Young Minds: If you think you might have bipolar disorder, you’re not alone. Find out more about the condition and what to do if you’re affected by it.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:

Body Image & Identity  

The Children's Society: Body image is about how you see yourself when you look in a mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. From the media, social media and gender stereotypes, it is normal to be worried about your appearance or body image. We want to help you through these feelings.


Young Minds: Body image is how we think and feel about ourselves physically. Sometimes, we worry about how we look or what our friends think about our body. If you're struggling with body image, here’s some advice that can help you.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:

The Children's Society: Identity can mean different things to different people. It might be about who you hang out with, what music you listen to, where you live or what ethnicity you are. Simply put – your identity is ‘who you are’. It is important to know you are not alone.



Kidscape: No matter what, there is never an excuse for bullying and you are not to blame. If you're being bullied, there are things you can do. 


Young Minds: If you're being bullied, whether it's online or at school, university or work, it can be really difficult and leave you feeling hurt - but you are not alone. We have advice on how you can tell someone and get help.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:

The Children's Society: Bullying can happen anywhere. At school, in the community, online. Bullying can be physical or emotional. It can leave you feeling alone. But you are not. We are here to help you through this.


Childline: Bullying can happen anywhere and be about anything. We've got advice about different types of bullying, and how you can get help and support.

Phone: 0800 1111 | Website:

If you need to report bullying for either yourself or someone else, please click here for the I want to report bullying form.

Cancer Support 

Macmillan: If you are a young person who is living with cancer, we have information and support especially for you.

Phone: 0808 808 00 00 | Website:

Young Lives V Cancer: Our Young People’s Service is for young adults aged 16-24 who have been diagnosed with cancer, their families, and the people they care about. It’s available across the UK, in both main cancer hospitals and local hospitals.


St Mary's Hospice: St Mary’s Hospice provides care and comfort for patients living with any life-shortening illness or long term condition and their family. We support people from the moment of diagnosis and their families for longer.

Phone: 01229 580305 | Website:

Domestic Abuse 

Refuge: Refuge provides specialist services to survivors of domestic abuse.

Helpline: 0808 2000 247 | Website:

Barrow Women's Community Matters: You are wonderful.  All women are. Women's Community Matters is run by women, for women. We offer a wide range of courses, support groups, activities and appointments in a safe space.

Phone: 01229 311102 | Website:

Rise: Are you a young person being affected by abuse at home or in your relationship? 


The Children's Society: Sometimes it isn’t clear if what is happening at home is domestic abuse. But, if someone living in your home uses bullying, threats or violence, it can make you feel unsafe and could be a sign of domestic abuse.



FRANK: Honest information about drugs.

Phone: 0300 1236600 | Website:


Nacoa: Nacoa is for everyone affected by a parent's drinking.

Phone: 0800 358 3456 | Website:


Young Minds: You might take drugs or drink alcohol for lots of different reasons. It might be to fit in with a group, to see what it's like or to deal with a stressful situation in your life. Find out how drugs and alcohol can effect your mental health and what to do if you need support.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:

The Children's Society: Lots of adults drink alcohol, but sometimes an adult’s drinking can make things difficult at home. It can create extra stress and worry. We want you to know it's not your fault, you can't stop your parent or carer's behaviour, and there are people who understand and can help.


Eating Disorders 

BEAT: Supporting people affected by eating disorders.

Phone: 0808 801 0677 | Website:


Young Minds: If you’re struggling with anorexia, or you think you might be, you're not alone. Anorexia can affect people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and backgrounds. It is a serious condition, but support is available.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:

Exam Stress 

Young Minds: Pressure to do well in exams can be overwhelming and affect your mental health. Here's our advice if it's all getting a bit too much.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:

Mind: Exams can come with a lot of pressure and make us feel really stressed. If you're struggling to cope, you're not alone. We're here to help you manage your feelings around exams and find ways to cope.


Childline: If you’re feeling stressed about your exams being cancelled, you aren’t alone. Get advice from us and other young people.

Phone: 0800 1111 | Website:


Student Minds: Working towards exams can creating feelings of worry and being under pressure, especially at university where you’re aiming for a degree. However there are a range of things that you can do to help deal with the stress that you might be feeling...


NHS: Tips on preparing for exams


General Support 

Hub of Hope: There is always hope…find support that's right for you.



Childline: Free 24 hour confidential helpline for children and young people.

Phone: 0800 1111 | Website:

On My Mind: On My Mind aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health & wellbeing.


The Mix: Confidential advice and support to under 25s on mental health, sex, drugs, money etc 

Phone: 0808 808 4994 | Website:

Housing Advice - Uni Students (18+ Specific Advice)

The Uni Guide: Halls, private, stay at home? Weigh up your living options.


Citizens Advice: Many students live away from home when they go to university. Whether you're living in university halls of residence or privately rented accommodation, it's important to know what your rights and responsibilities are.


My Student Halls: With rent one of your largest outgoings whilst at university, a key consideration for many is: how do I pay for my student accommodation?


Mental Health

Rethink Mental Illness: We improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through our network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning.

Phone: 0808 801 0525 | Website:

Young Minds: Just as your body can become unwell, your mind can become unwell too. And just like with physical illnesses, treatment and support is available.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:


OCD Action: We provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD. 

Helpline: 0300 636 5478 | Website:

OCD-UK: Helping you understand Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. We’re here to educate, offer hope and support people through the difficult times, right through to recovery and everything in between, we are OCD-UK.

Phone: 01332 588112 | Website:

Relationship Advice

Relate: We’re the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and last year we helped over two million people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships.


Change Grow Live: Find out more about what unhealthy relationships look like and how to build a healthy one.


Love is Respect: Love is respect is the national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources.


Childline: Being in a relationship can be really exciting, but sometimes it can be confusing too. Read our advice on what to do if you’re not sure about a relationship.

Phone: 0800 1111 | Website:

Self Harm 

Mind: Information for young people on self-harm, with advice on how to help yourself and where to go for support.


Young Minds: Self-harm is difficult to talk about but it’s a common problem and you can beat it. Find out what self-harm means and what to do if you think you’re affected by it.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:

Every life matters: Very useful information regarding Self-harm safe kits and pocket guides.

Phone: 07908 537541 | Website:

Sexual Abuse 

Safeline: We believe everyone affected by or at risk of sexual violence should feel supported and empowered.

Phone: 01926 402 498 | Website:

Young Minds: Abuse is always wrong and it can be very difficult to talk about but you’re never alone. If you’re worried about abuse, find out what it is and who can help you.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:

Male Survivors Partnership: MSP is a network of organisations working with male victims/survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation.

Helpline: 0808 800 5005 | Website: 

Survivors UK: A society that acknowledges, supports, and advocates for men and non-binary people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse.

Phone: 02035983898 | Website:

The Birchall Trust: We offer support to anyone aged 4 and above affected by rape, sexual abuse or sexualised violence in Cumbria and Lancashire.

Phone: 01229 820828 | Website:

Suicide Prevention

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): We’re Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and we’re united against suicide.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 | Website:

PAPYRUS: National organisation dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Hopeline: 0800 068 41 41 | Wesbite:

Samaritans: 24 hour free confidential support for people feeling distressed.

Freephone: 116 123 | Website:

Every life matters: Very useful information regarding suicide and safety planning.

Phone: 07908 537541 | Website:

Uni Advice - Mental Health (18+ Specific Advice)

Prospects: Looking after your mental health at university



Student Minds: We empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.


Mind: Explains how you can look after your mental health as a student, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.


Young Minds: Being at university can be a really exciting period in your life, but it can also feel stressful or overwhelming at times. Here are some ways you can look after yourself.

Shout Textline: Text SHOUT to 85258 | Website:

Victim Support 

Victim Support: Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales.

Phone: 08 08 16 89 111 | Website:

Wellbeing & Mental Health Apps

Calm Harm: A free app to help distract, resist or manage the urge to self harm.


Stay Alive: Free app designed by Grassroots to be a virtual suicide prevention resource; includes safety planning etc.


MindShiftFree app to help young people and young adults deal with anxiety – looking at anxiety management and relaxation and also specific issues such as perfectionism.


Reasons 2: A free app designed by Washington Mind in conjunction with young people to help improve our wellbeing. Other wellbeing /moodtracker apps include Five Ways to Wellbeing, WRAP, Diary Mood Tracker, Catch it, Virtual Hopebox.


Catch it: Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.


BlueIce: An evidenced-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm.  It includes a mood diary, a toolbox of evidence-based techniques to reduce distress and automatic routeing to emergency numbers if urges to harm continue.


Chill Panda: Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.


Cove: Create music to capture your mood and express how you feel with the Cove app. Instead of words, create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness, calm and anger.


distrACT: The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.


Feeling Good: Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset.


My Possible Self: Take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour with the My Possible Self mental health app. Use the simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking.


Thrive: Thrive helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions. The game based app can be used to relax before a stressful situation or on a more regular basis to help you live a happier, more stress-free life.


WorryTree: The WorryTree app aims to help you take control of worry wherever you are.  You can use the app to record whatever you feel worried about. It uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help you notice and challenge your worries.

The Library has some excellent editions of the Issue magazine, which covers a variety of different topics. Here are the latest editions:

These magazines can be requested either:

-Through Form Teachers. 

-View them online. This will require you to log in. You can request log in details from your Form Teachers, from the School Librarian or from outside the Library. 

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