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We have put together a list of useful websites and apps which offer guidance and support in troubling or tough situations. These websites and apps very helpful and we wanted to share them with you to help you on your fostering journey.

View the list below:


The national Mind charity website has a lot of detailed information about mental health and wellbeing. The information varies from descriptions of different mental health conditions to more anecdotal stories about everyday people and how they cope with their mental health. It aims to help everyone to learn and understand all aspects of mental health.


This is a UK based charity which focuses of improving lives of young people through mental health support. The website is geared up for young people and contains information of different signs/symptoms young people could experiences, alongside guides and advice on how to manage difficulties such as bullying, exam-stress, grief, eating problems and self-harm.  There is also parental support section in the website as well as medication information for Young people with Mental health difficulties.

Phone: 0808 802 5544 (parents helpline)/ 8258 (Crisis messaging service via text).


A website for under 25’s they have information about a variety of topics that impact on young people. Their mental health section contains informative articles and discussions about topics such as ‘What to expect from counselling’ and ‘social media makes me feel bad about my body’.  They also offer a 1 to 1 professional chat service, crisis messaging and free online counselling services for young people aged 10-18 or free telephone counselling to those 25 and under.

Phone: 0808 808 4994 / text ‘THEMIX’ to 85258 (crisis messaging service)


A website with useful information and advice about topics such as bullying, friendships, relationships, homelife etc. The site has a ‘toolbox’ section that gives different resources for behaviour and mental health. This site is accessible for children with hearing impairments.

Phone: 08001111 (Young people can talk about anything that is worrying them)


This is the NHS children’s mental health service (formally known as CAMHS). It contains information about their services and also advice for self help and where to find help locally. There are also different regional websites that you should be able to locate through this link.


The website contains a small amount of information about how to have difficult conversations and signs you may not be coping. The website is aimed at providing 1:1 support via phone/email/messaging

Email:,  send a letter: Chris, Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING FK8 2SA,  or in person by finding a branch @

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A national charity dedicated to preventing young suicide (under the age of 35). The website contains help and advice for people thinking about suicide, and those who are concerned that someone else may be suicidal. It also has a resources page containing safety plans, coping strategies, distraction techniques and recommended apps.

Phone: 0800 068 4141 / 07860 039 967 or Email: –

Free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support for young people. Mon-Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 6pm-10pm. Sign up anonymously, all that is required is a post code and log-in information.

Useful Apps:

Calm Harm – to support those who feel the urge to self – harm

Stay Alive – Suicide prevention app, helping users stay safe

DistrACT – Quick and discreet access to information and advice around self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Blueice  Helping young people manage emotions and reducing the urge to self-harm.

MindShift – to support teens and young people manage anxiety

Silvercloud – 8 week course to help manage stress/anxiety/depression

Thrive – Games that help track your mood and teach you methods to gain control of stress and anxiety symptoms (16+)

Catch It – A mood-recording app. Great to recognise/understand triggers

Moodtrack – Another mood-recording app using graphs/visual.

Daylio – Mood-recording app with diary function that requires no typing/writing

BBC Own it – App designed to help children stay safe and positive online

Feeling Good – Positive mindset:  audio tracks to help relax your body and mind and build confidence

Headspace – Mindfulness app

Smiling Mind – Meditation/breathing exercises app

Chill Panda – Encourages use of breathing techniques to worry less

BeatPanic – Overcome panic attacks wherever you are

eQuoo – Emotional Fitness game- adventure games that support you to increase your emotional fitness

MeeTwo – A forum for teenagers wanting to discuss issues affecting their lives

Sleepio – An online sleep improvement programme, clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster

Sleepsation – Connect with a team of sleep experts to help you fall asleep or stay asleep through the night

We hope you have found this list helpful, if you have any websites or apps that would like to recommend please let us know and we can add them to the list.

What did the challenge involve?

Run Every Day January (also referred to as RED January) involves Running Every Day throughout the month of January! The distance you run is up to individuals but I set myself the target of running a minimum of 1k every day.

Why did you do it?
I have close friends and family who have been affected by mental health issues and I know first hand just how important mental health services are to help people when they are experiencing a crisis with their mental health. My role working with children and young people in care has brought me into contact with hundreds of vulnerable and traumatised youngsters over the last 20years. In 2012 I was devastated to learn that a young man I had worked with years earlier had killed himself. He was aged 18years, a care leaver, and felt that he had no other option than to take his own life. He felt that he had let people down, in reality he had been let down. I feel strongly that no person should feel so alone and so without hope, that they see no future for themselves. I ran for everyone affected by mental ill health, but mostly I ran for him.

What was the hardest point?
With a full time job and 2 young children, the hardest thing was finding time to run EVERY single day! This obviously included New Years Day, 4 days when I was away with my family, and any day where it was cold, rainy and I was just too tired to do it! I massively underestimated how tough this would be. I’m not really a runner (although I completed the couch to 5k last year) and my muscles got more than a little fatigued! There were days when I was grumpy at having to run, days when I had to run in icy rain and howling gales but I still ran!

What motivated you to continue?
I am stubborn. When I signed up to do this there was no way I wasn’t going to succeed. I became injured, my muscles and joints objecting to this new relentless running regime but I gritted my teeth and carried on. My fabulous 8 year old also ran 2k with me every Sunday to help me. My family really supported me and my 3 year old gave me a round of applause every time I returned home!

Would you do it again?
No! ha ha, I would like to but as I said my muscles and joints really objected to the relentless nature of this challenge. I am so proud of the fact that I did it, who knew 31 days could feel like such a long time?!

Tell us more about the charity
Mind is a Mental Health Charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Their services are available to adults or young people. They have local branches called ‘Local Minds’ who support over 513,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. They help millions of people each year and don’t turn anyone away.