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Introducing Children’s Mental Health Week: The Importance of Supporting Young Minds

8th February 2023

The 6th – 12th of February marks this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week, and this year’s theme is ‘Let’s Connect’.

When we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others – this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing. If we don’t have these positive connections, we can sometimes feel isolated and lonely – which can have a negative impact on our mental health.

Things have been difficult for everyone lately and with cold weather and darker days it can be harder to look after our mental health or know where to find those connections which can help support our mental health and wellbeing. To help families make those connections the Edgbaston Early Help Team have put together a simple guide to where you can go to find support for children and young people who may be struggling with their mental health.

Pause –

  • open access person centred support, including a call back service, digital groups community based face-to-face support
  • young person led goal setting to empower, build resilience and boost self-esteem
  • for anyone with a GP in Birmingham under 25 or parent/carer wanting to support childs emotional wellbeing
  • To access support –

Kooth –

  • Online mental health and wellbeing community available for young people 11-25 in Birmingham
  • Free, safe, and anonymous
  • Self-help resources – goal setting and journalling
  • Community support – activities, discussion boards, magazine with over 100,000 articles mostly user-generated
  • Live chats and 24-hour messaging with qualified counsellors – drop-in and pre-arranged chats

Open Door Counselling –

  • 6 free sessions for 12-25 year-olds via GP referral or Forward Thinking Birmingham website
  • Also provide a range of counselling services for schools, aimed at nurturing and developing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of pupils

Beyond the Horizon –

  • We work with 4–18-year-olds who live in Birmingham or attend a Birmingham school.
  • We offer family support sessions in or near the home to families when a loved one has recently died.
  • We visit children in schools and community locations to provide one to one therapy
  • If you are a young person who wants to refer yourself you can do this at any time by calling or emailing us. 
  • Please email us at or call 0121 444 5454 to speak to a member of our team.

Cruse (Birmingham) –

  • Cruse Bereavement Support Birmingham is the central provider in the Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group’s Bereavement Pathway
  • The team staff a local helpline that provides initial and ongoing support to grieving residents. We also work closely with other partners in the pathway to signpost residents to other sources of support  
  • To access support and advice: Telephone: 0121 687 8010
  • Email:

Edwards Trust-

  • Edward’s Trust we offer a holistic approach to supporting people through bereavement and loss. We offer counselling (1 to 1 or as a couple) support groups, play therapy, wellbeing therapies and social events.
  • Children and young people aged between 4 – 24 years who are bereaved, or are about to be bereaved, of a parent, grandparent, significant carer, sibling or friend.
  • We also offer, advice, support, information, and training to professionals working with bereaved families. 
  • Contact:
  • Referral criteria as of April 2022 –

Guides and advice for young people:

Barnardos befriending and mentoring leaflet

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