Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Mental health support for young people is provided by Forward Thinking Birmingham. They also run Pause, a drop-in service in Digbeth. Please contact them directly, you do not need a doctor’s referral.

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to them via the online community, on social, through their free, confidential helpline or their counselling service.

Papyrus provide provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person.

KOOTH provides free safe and anonymous online support for young people aged 11 to 25.

Check out Young Minds for some excellent resources and links.

Heal Hub is a community-led programme that gives young people the opportunity to shape their own mental health support. If you’re 14-25 in the West Midlands, this programme was built around YOU. They offer free online and in person therapy for those who want to manage their minds. Whether you want to calm your anxiety, understand your feelings, or talk about things in your past, you choose your own support and get focused attention from a therapist who gets you.

There are some good booklets available to download from this website, covering things like anger issues, pressure at school and self-harm .

Please also see these websites for more help:

Reading Well


These free listening services offer confidential advice from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how difficult: 

–     Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email: for a reply within 24 hours 

–      Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text “YM” if you’re under 19 

–     If you’re under 19, you can also call 0800 1111to talk to Child-Line.  The number will not appear on your phone bill.