Having a health condition or being in hospital can be really difficult – for children and young people, and their families. Whilst you are in hospital here at GOSH, we have a range of supports to help you through what can be a difficult time. Talk to your nurse or medical team, who can discuss the best way to get you support. This might mean making a referral to our Psychological and Mental Health Services team who will call you or meet with you to discuss what support might be helpful.

Sometimes you need support right now, or you’d prefer to talk to someone outside of the hospital team. Here are some resources that children, young people and families have told us they find helpful. Many have text or online support options, telephone helplines or useful articles to read.

Support for children and young people:

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing service for children and young people  

Young Minds provides tips and advice for young people struggling with their feelings and has an online messenger service for immediate support

Childline is confidential place for children to contact, over the phone or online, whatever their worry

Waiting Room is a website to help young people navigate the help and support options for mental health and wellbeing across North Central London

Mind has a list of useful contacts for those aged 11-18 years old offering support and information.

Support for parents/carers to support their child:

Mind has a range of information on supports for parents/carers and young people

PLACE has information on networks to support parents with their child’s mental health

Anna Freud Centre has a range of useful tips and tools on child mental health

Parental/carer mental health:

Mind has a range of information on supports for parents/carers and young people

The NHS hub for information on accessing mental health support, in person and online

Contact is a charity aiming to support families with children with a disability, through connecting families