Children & Young People support
Are you going through a tricky time at the moment, feeling a bit overwhelmed and wondering what to do? Would you like someone to help you, to guide you through this difficult time in your life, someone who will listen, not judge, and help you decide what steps to take next?
There are lots of organisations out there that can help you in Mid Wales.
Action for Children – children’s charity
Action for Children protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support. They ensure children and young people’s voices are heard, and campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives.Tel: 0300 123 2112, 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri
Adferiad – Powys young persons’ substance misuse
Powys Young Persons’ Substance Misuse Service (YPSMS) is part of a range of services offered to adults and young people in Powys with substances misuse issues. In Powys, Adferiad works in partnership with Kaleidoscope, an established substance misuse service, to deliver these services and operate the YPSMS.Tel: 0300 777 2258
Area 43 – mental health support for children & young people
Your online mental wellbeing community. Free, safe and anonymous support for children and young people.
Beat Cymru – eating disorders charity
Brecon & District Mind – mental health charity South Powys
Childline – helpline for children & young people
Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything – for children and young people up to their 19th birthday. Childline are here for you online, on the phone, anytime.Tel: 0800 1111
Frank – support around drugs
Talk to Frank. Honest information about drugs.Tel: 0300 1236600
Meic – helpline for children & young people
Need information? Want advice? Wish you had support? Meic is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales.Tel: 080880 23456
Mid & North Powys Mind – mental health charity
Papyrus – prevention of young suicide
Papyrus, Prevention of Young Suicide, is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people. Papyrus believes that no young person should have to struggle alone with thoughts of suicide.Tel: 0800 068 4141, 9am - midnight every day of the year
Ponthafren – mental health charity North Powys
Rekindle – North Powys – children & young people’s charity
Getting young people talking about mental health. Rekindle’s vision is the full recovery of mental health through early intervention, by listening, by talking and by action. Rekindle’s services are available in Montgomeryshire (North Powys).Tel: 01686 722222
Samaritans – listening helpline
Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. Support for anyone experiencing emotional distress.Tel: 116 123 - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Stonewall Young Futures – LGBTQ+ support
This is a hub for all young lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people thinking about their next steps.
The Windfall Centre – therapies for children & young people
Young Minds – mental health charity for children & young people
Whether you want to understand more about how you’re feeling and find ways to feel better, or you want to support someone who’s struggling, Young Minds can help.Tel: Text YM to 85258 for free, 24/7 support.
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services - CAMHS
This is a service provided to help children and young people who are really struggling with their mental health by Powys Teaching Health Board (the NHS).
Powys CAMHS offers assessment and treatment for children and young people, up until their 18th birthday, who have, or are thought to have, mental health problems or emotional health difficulties.
Children and young people have to be referred to this service by one of the following:
- Education Welfare Officers
- Youth Workers
- Adult Community Mental Health Teams
- Voluntary Organisations.
- Advocacy Services
- Paediatric Therapists
There is also a team called the Powys CAMHS Schools-In Reach team which works in schools to support children and young people. You can read more about this here.
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services – North Powys
Ynys Y Plant
Powys SY16 1LQ
Tel: 01686 617450
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services – South Powys
Powys LD3 7NS
Tel: 01874 615662
SilverCloud online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Free online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – for people aged 16 + experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, depression or stress.
In October 2022, SilverCloud launched five self-referral programmes to help children, young people, their parents and carers. Our two programmes for parents and carers aim to help them support children and teens in managing anxiety. Our three programmes for young people can help teens aged 16-18 understand and manage anxiety and low mood.
Parents, carers and teens aged 16-18 can sign up for these programmes online, without needing to be referred by a GP or healthcare professional.
- Supporting an Anxious Child – for parents and carers of children aged 4-11
- Supporting an Anxious Teen – for parents and carers of young people aged 12-18
- Space From Anxiety – for young people aged 16-18
- Space From Low Mood – for young people aged 16-18
- Space From Anxiety and Low Mood – for young people aged 16-18
You can read more about the SilverCloud programmes for children, young people, their parents and carers – HERE.
Advocacy for children and young people
An advocate will listen and support a child or young person (up to age 25) who is in care, a care leaver, on the Child Protection Register, in need of care and support, or making a complaint about NHS services.
Advocacy can help you to:
- get your voice heard
- know and understand your rights
- take part in meetings and reviews
- sort things out with your social worker or carer
- make a complaint.
TGP Cymru – formal advocacy support in Mid Wales
If you need advocacy help in Mid Wales you can get in touch with an organisation called Tros Gynnal Plant – TGP Cymru.
Freephone number: 0808 168 2599
If you do not fit the criteria for formal advocacy, why not chat to a parent / guardian / teacher or youth worker? Or you can contact MEIC – the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales.
Videos for children & young people
Papyrus - preventing young suicide
Young Minds - are you being bullied?
Meic - drugs, addiction and getting help
Whenever you need help, Meic is someone on your side 💜 For more information visit the Drugs, Addiction and Getting Help blog on our website 👀 Or talk to us free and confidentially 🗣️ Call: 080 880 23456 Text: 84001 Chat online: www.meic.cymru #AddictionHelp #GettingClean #JustSayNo #WelshHelpline #TheDrugsDontWork