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Mental health support for parents and young people

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If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health call the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 24/7 NHS mental health response line on 0800 038 5300. It's free to access by anyone, any age, any time, day or night.


Below you will find some useful links to mental health and wellbeing support for parents, carers and young people available all year round, during term-time and the holidays.

Local Support for parents and carers

NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 24/7 Mental Health Response line
 - Tel: 0800 038 5300

Early Help Hub
The ‘front door’ to Early Help services led by Cornwall Council and Cornwall Foundation Trust

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Health Visitor and School Nurse Advice

HeadStart Kernow (dedicated parent/care support)
Building resilience and mental wellbeing for children and young people

Cornwall Family Information Service
Directory of services for parents, carers, children and young people including local parenting programmes and support available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families

Parent Carers Cornwall
Supportive parent carer network promoting greater knowledge and understanding of the services available from health, education, local authority and the voluntary sector

Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU)
For immediate concerns, or if you are worried about a child or young person's safety
Tel: 0300 123 1116

Kernow Connect
Kernow Connect offers universal, targeted and specialist support for young people aged 11 to 19 or up to 25 with SEND. For further information contact 01872 321486

National support for parents and carers


Confidential, 24/7, free (from all major UK mobile networks) text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope
 Text: shout to 85258

Anna Freud
Advice and guidance for parents and carers to help support children and young people who may be struggling with poor mental health including Crisis Messenger text service

Young Minds Parents Helpline
Advice, emotional support and signposting about a child or young person up to the age of 25
Tel: Call free on 0808 802 5544

NHS Better Health
Support when looking after a child or young person's mental health as well as your own

Action for Children
Free and confidential live webchat with a qualified parenting coach in the UK

Families Support for parents and those caring for children and young people in their family when they are concerned about a young person’s mental health or wellbeing

Local Support for children and young people

Help, support and online wellbeing community for young people across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

StartNow Cornwall
Multimedia emotional and mental health support and interactive resources for CYP

Mind Your Way
Helps 11-25 year olds look after their own mental health and wellbeing through counselling and mentoring, both online and face to face
Tel: 01872 222447

Young People Cornwall
Engages, inspires and supports young people with youth work that makes a difference
Tel: 01872 22244

Your Way
A partnership between several youth and mental health services in Cornwall

National Support for children and young people

Free counselling for children and young people up to the age of 19
Tel: 0800 1111

For confidential support and practical advice if you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be get in touch.

Young Minds  
Crisis Messenger for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. Text: YM to 85258

Student Space from Student Minds  
Supporting students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health including a range of multimedia support

The Mix
The UK’s leading support service for young people. Wide range of support including an online community; social media; counselling; and free, confidential helpline, webchat and messenger service – 0808 808 4994 

Other resources

Coronavirus And Psychological Wellbeing Guide 

Coronavirus And Your Mental Wellbeing - Children Aged Under 5

Coronavirus And Your Wellbeing - Primary Aged Children

Coronavirus And Mental Wellbeing - Young People And Students

We also have helpful information leaflets and z-cards that you can refer to. If you'd like to order copies please email

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