For Patients and Families

Happy Maps” is a fantastic free online resource. A charity developed by GPs and CAMHS professionals, with help from parents and young people. Happy Maps have pooled some of the best local mental health resources for parents & for young people in one place.

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity for Children and Young People’s Mental Health. There is accessible support and lots of resources here for young people and their carers. is an online Mental Wellbeing Community for Young People with articles, discussion boards and a free online diary with mood tracker.

Young Devon are a local charitable organisation. They have put together a helpful resource package including “tips, tricks and techniques for maintaining positive mental health, during lockdown and beyond. You can download this here:

Coping With Self Harm – A thoughtful and practical guide to managing self harm in children and young people

Kidscape provide practical support, training, and advice to challenge bullying and protect young lives.

BEAT – The UK’s leading Eating Disorders charity. Information, Resources, Helplines and more.

I have a clinical interest in Tics and Tourette’s Syndrome. The key to managing these conditions is having a good understanding of them in the first place. I recommend the charity Tourette’s Action. Also, Great Ormond Street Hospital have produced some fabulous information sheets for young people, families, teachers etc which can be found here:

Medicines For Children – This is another free resource where young people and their families can find about the pros and cons of psychotropics.

The NHS, as you might well expect, has an online section devoted to CAMHS. There is a link through which you can find your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Papyrus UK – A national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Their helpline is open 9am–12am (midnight) every day of the year.

SLEEP is a very common difficulty for children and young people. There are lots of resources available online. The Mental Health Foundation is recommended: For those with neurodevelopmental disorders / neurologic problems, Cerebra is very good. They have a guide for parents here:

The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a freely available screening tool for young people and their carers to complete to help look for the presence and severity of mental illness. Available via the Youth in Mind website: