Making sure mental health treatment is there for children and young people, when they need it, as soon as they need it, so that they can get on with living their lives to their fullest potential.  

There are lots of agencies and organisations that can help you support your child through mental ill-health in various ways, from information and advice to training and helplines. These are just a few: 

 
Beat offer advice and support for those with eating disorders and their carers. Information about eating disorders, courses for parents, helplines for young people and parents/ carers, support calls, and more. Campaign for better mental health services and advocate for those with eating disorders. 
 
Childline offers support for children and young people through text, online and telephone. A range of support and information also available on their web page. Children and young people can phone, text or email any time for any reason, including mental health crisis. 
 
Aspens offers a wide range of advice and services for those with learning disabilities, complex needs, spectrum conditions and ADHD. Advice, support services, groups and outings. 
 
SHOUT - Text 85258 
Confidential helpline for young people needing emotional support by text. 
 
Inclusive and non-judgmental advice and information for young people around their mental health and other issues. 
Helpline number 0300 5000 927 open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm 
 
West Sussex Mind offer support for adults and young people 16-25 with mental ill health. Offer a range of training for parents / carers of young people of any age with mental ill health and neurodivergence, free of charge or low cost for West Sussex residents. 
 
Youth Emotional Service offers free support for children 11-18 one-to-one or in group work. Face to face and online counselling. Signposting to other services. Can be referred by CAMHS, GP, School nurse or can self-refer by phone or email. 
 
Crawley LGBTQ+ recently held the first ever Crawley Pride and we were thrilled to be there! You can find more information about their helpline, support and advice services here.  
 
YMCA offers a range of services locally for young people, including counselling and support groups and help with housing and independent living. Also support for parents. 
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