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Young people's mental health and COVID-19

Information about local and national services and advice

Local services

  • If your child or young person has been in services before, and their health worsens, please contact the CAMHS common point of entry
  • You can also talk to the Time to Talk Counselling Service. Time to Talk West Berkshire is an independent charity providing free confidential counselling services to young people in need aged 11 to 25
  • Kooth - online support for mental health and wellbeing: Free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support for young people aged 11 to 18 years old

You can also find advice for parents and children on coping during the coronavirus pandemic from the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership.

You can find information about our Children and Family Services, here.

National services and advice


Visit the NSPCC website, which now has guidance about talking to children who are anxious about coronavirus.

You can also call them on 0808 800 5000 or email

Young Minds

Young Minds has produced some great guidance around young people's mental health and the coronavirus:

If you need support, please contact their national helpline, Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm.

Other information and support

You can also find advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people on the GOV.UK website

There is also information on the Barnardo's website.

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