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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Parent, Carer and Family Support


Free 1:1 Advice from Parenting Coaches

Parenting coaches available to support you via live chat. They’ll listen, take time to understand your situation, and offer ideas to help. Between them, they’ve seen and heard every kind of parenting question or worry. They’re qualified support workers, childminders, play practitioners and teachers


Family Support Group

Dorset Mind Your Head Parent Community private Facebook Group provides educational and therapeutic resources, peer support, signposting and tips and advice on helping young people live life mentally healthy. Find us by searching ‘Dorset Mind Your Head Parent Community’ on Facebook


Online Articles & Resources


Anxiety Support - Anxiety Resources from Dr Pooky Knightsmith


Anxiety Support - Anxiety support and resources from Charlie Waller Trust


Emotional regulation A great resource for supporting children with regulating their emotions


Making Sense of Sensory Behaviour ( A Practical Guide) - A really informative guide with plenty of ideas and strategies to try at home


A-Z Guide - A Really helpful list of articles including ideas to help your child



Keep CAHMS and Carry On

A series of podcasts , some of which are relevant for parents of younger children, some older e.g managing challenging behaviour, ways of managing stress or ideas for mood-boosting exercise in children.


Online Parenting Course

A gentle and helpful course for any parent or carer 


Surf Therapy

The Wave Project

Surf therapy programmes for children and young people aged 8 to 21. Specialised surf therapy session once a week for six weeks



Professional and confidential counselling service within local schools to children and young people aged 5 -19 across Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole











CAMHS resources

A really helpful website which includes, downloadable self-help activities, information guides, videos and more



Calming Activities, Mindfulness, Breathing, Yoga Videos and More...

Childline Calm-Zone


An activity for grounding and calming


Just Breathe

A video aimed at children to help them feel calmer


150 Sensory Learning Ideas


'100 positive things every kid needs to hear'





Apps for Wellbeing and Mental Health

A list of apps complied by Dorset Young Minds


Stop, Breathe and Think App

Check in with how you're feeling and try short activities tuned to your emotions


Smiling Mind App

A great app with age specific mindfulness resources, including a new resource, 'Thrive Inside'.

Thrive Inside is a special program to help you stay psychologically healthy while you're spending extended periods of time at home.


Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness App

This app often has a two week trial available

Telephone Helplines

Samaritans - Call 116 123 or email (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)

If you need to talk to someone, the Samaritans can help- they offer emotional support and a listening ear 25 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is a freephone number that can even be called from a mobile that has no credit. Your call will not appear on the phone bill.


Childline - Call 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling.


NSPCC Helpline - Call 0808 800 5000 or email

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support.


CALM Helpline - Call 0800 58 58 58

Confidential support for men, 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight, free


National Domestic Abuse Helpline - Call 0808 2000 247

Free, confidential, 24 hour helpline


Women's Aid - Live Chat

Information and support for women  experiencing domestic violence


STARS Dorset - Call 01202 308855

STARS is a pan-Dorset charity that offers one to one support, free of charge, for anyone of any age or gender who lives, works or studies in Dorset and has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life.


BCP Community Coronavirus Support

You can request help with deliveries of food and other essentials as well as support with loneliness and wellbeing. Call - 0300 1231752 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week)


Citizens Advice Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Providing advice on issues such as debt management and welfare benefits, housing, immigration and asylum, employment, consumer complaints and landlord-tenant disputes.

Due to increased demand for this service Citizens Advice advice people to use the website first.

Call - 03444 111 444


Mosaic family Support - Call 01258 837071

Supporting bereaved children


Winston's Wish - Call 08088 020021

Supports bereaved children, young people and their families


Space Youth Project


A local charity which aims to support young people who are or may be LGBT+ and 'empowers them to have positive self-esteem,to know they are supported, to have a sense of community and to overcome issues caused or intensified by prejudice in order to facilitate freedom of expression'.

Supporting your child during the coronavirus outbreak

Government guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health during the coronavirus


'Many ways to share a hug' - Social Story


Ten tips for talking to your child


How to tell children and young people that someone is seriously ill


A lovely, printable 14 day mindfulness activity challenge


My 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule

A great printable resource for children


A coronavirus story


Dr Chris and Dr Xand are here to tell you why the coronavirus might not be as scary as it sounds.


Action for Happiness - Coping Calendar



BCP Community Coronavirus Support

You can request help with deliveries of food and other essentials as well as support with loneliness and wellbeing. Telephone - 0300 1231752 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week)




Helpful Articles

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