Mental Health Support for children and young people


The NHS have information, advice and support on various mental health issues in children and young people such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger issues
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Talking to children about feelings
  • Teen aggressions and arguments
  • Helping your child with exam stress

Visit the website here

Young Minds

Young Minds provide online advice for young people who need help:

  • to with dealing with their feelings
  • and advice due to various mental health issues
  • to reach out to mental health support services and what to expect when you do
  • to support a friend who is having mental health problems

Visit the Young Minds website here


The Kooth team are here to provide free, safe and anonymous online support and counselling. The whole team are made up of friendly and experienced individuals who want to help you.

If you are aged 11 to 18 living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. We are a safe space to connect with others and get support around your mental health and emotional well-being.


Bradford and Keighley Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAHMS)

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS) help children and young people in the local area who may be having problems. They may be very upset or very angry, they may be behaving in unusual ways, or their family or carers, friends or teachers may be very worried about them.

  • CAMHS supports children and young people from pre-school years up to 16 years of age, (or up to 18 years of age if still in school) where there are severe and long standing concerns about emotional well-being and behaviours.
  • If you think it would help to talk to somebody at CAMHS, you (or your parent or the person who looks after you) will need to speak to someone like your doctor or your school nurse. They will then tell you what you need to do and what happens next.
  • Referrals to CAMHS are accepted from a variety of health professionals including GPs and hospital doctors (if urgent assessment required) as well as from school nurses and health visitors. The specialist CAMHS referral form is available here

More online services for children and young people

Living Well provide a number of links to online services that give support and advice to help with children and young people’s mental wellbeing.  Visit their website to find out more.

Bradford District Mental Health Support Team

The Mental Health Support team provides support to children and young people of school age, school staff, parents, and carers. We offer therapy and support to young people who may be struggling with mild to moderate mental health difficulties as well as supporting their schools to adopt a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

What support do we offer?
We have practitioners from different professional backgrounds who can offer a range of support tailored to need, including but not limited to treatment for:

  • Low mood
  • General anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • Anger and irritability
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Panic
  • Phobias

What other support do we offer?
Specialist practitioners within the team can also offer longer term interventions, including but not limited to:

  • Family relationships
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Parenting
  • Health anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Mood disorders or problems related to emotional health and well being
  • School related difficulties
  • Friendship, relationship difficulties
  • Referral support onto other services

How to be referred to the Mental Health Support team
To be referred to the Mental Health Support team, the child or young person must be registered at one of our designated schools. If you are a parent, the first point of call is to contact your child’s school and speak to a member of staff who can speak to the team. 


Did you know?

The Bradford district Mental Health Support team hold a monthly Zoom parent support group.

This is a safe place for you talk and get to know other parents and provide support to each other, whilst being facilitated by professionals. Providing an information session on a different topic each month about common mental health issues children and adolescents may face.

The group runs virtually every third Tuesday of the month.  They run two sessions at either 10.30am or 7.30 pm. To receive a link to the sessions or for more information please e-mail