FosterCare UK Updates

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:

MIND – www.mind.org.uk

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.

YOUNG MINDS – www.youngminds.org.uk

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).

THE MIX – www.themix.org.uk

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)

CHILDLINE – www.childline.org.uk

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)

HEALTHY YOUNG MINDS – www.healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk

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.

SAMARITIANS – www.samaritans.org 

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: jo@samaritans.org,  send a letter: Chris, Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING FK8 2SA,  or in person by finding a branch @ www.samaritans.org/branches

Papyrus – www.papyrus-uk.org

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: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Kooth.com – www.kooth.com

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.


It has been a very different year for all of us, many of us would not have thought this is how 2020 would play out! With new restrictions being put in place each week, these trying times can make us feel nervous and anxious about what the future may hold for us. One young person in the South East has written an uplifting lockdown poem to help us feel better about the current situation.

The sky’s the limit so don’t let anyone bring you down.

Keep your eyes on the stars but your feet on the ground.

It maybe hard but here’s a start, make peace with lockdown and have a laugh.

Just because we’re staying in doesn’t mean you have to treat yourself like a bin.

We can create and improve and do the best we can, all without breaking the lockdown ban.


Happy World Relaxation Day! World Relaxation Day is celebrated annually and was originally created by 9-year-old Sean Moeller who wanted a dedicated day where everyone could take the time to relax and regain some calmness.

Here at Foster Care UK, we know that young people can feel stressed and anxious, especially during times of change or upheaval. So, we have put together a list of fun family friendly activities to help you create a more relaxed and stress-free environment. Being able to recognise and cope with anxiety is a skill that will benefit children for life, by doing these simple activities together with them, you are teaching your little one how to calm themselves down and how to look out for early signs of stress.

Check out our top relaxing tips below:

  • Mindfulness – Mindfulness is a great way of dealing with anxiousness as it is all about being ‘in the moment’ and makes focus on what you are currently doing. Mindfulness encourages you to use all your senses to really experience the moment. Getting little ones to focus on what is around them can sound challenging but exercising simple mindfulness on a regular basis is a good way of helping children to pause and think before they react to certain situations. Here is an easy mindful exercise you can try, take a small food item (like a grape or cracker) and ask your little one to examine it closely. Ask them to look at it, smell it and see what it feels like in their mouth, as well as how it tastes and sounds like. By asking them to do this you are enabling them to be ‘in the moment’ whilst doing something they have done plenty of times before but have not paid that much attention to before. Close examination like this is a great way of focussing the mind and helping them relax.
  • Laugh it off – Laughter has been proven to decrease stress hormones and relax muscles. If you find that your child is feeling anxious or is becoming stressed, try watching your favourite show together, telling jokes, or try pulling funny faces. Not only will this create a more relaxed environment for you all, it will also help you and your child to bond and become closer with one another.
  • Deep breaths – Simple breathing exercises can help with slowing down racing heart rates and can also help with regaining control of your body. If you notice your child is becoming stressed or overwhelmed, encourage them to take a deep breath in, hold it for a few seconds and then slowly exhale. You can try different styles of breathing but it is important you find a style that suits you and your little one. You can incorporate this into your daily routine and teach your child to practice the breathing exercise when they find themselves in an overwhelming situation.
  • Stretch it out – Practising yoga with your children is a great way of incorporating simple exercise into your routine, as well as a mindful experience which can also help reduce stress. Through yoga, you are teaching your child to live ‘in the moment’ and focus on what they are doing at that moment. Try this simple yoga move with your little one, stretch your arms above your heads, stand on tiptoes and make yourself as tall as possible, and then flop back down to your original stance. Repeat this a few times to get yourself and your little one used to yoga, you can view other yoga moves to try, here.

We hope these tips will help you and your family create a more relaxed and stress-free environment! If you are looking for more easy tips to help incorporate relaxing exercises into your lifestyle, you can check out more ideas, here.


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