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Local Mental Health For Young People

Mental Health problems for young people have steadily risen. One in nine children, aged 6-16, had a probable mental health problem in 2017 and that has now risen to 1 in 4 (The Health Foundation).

Reports suggest the NHS is being increasingly overwhelmed by requests to help young people overcome their mental health. Locally, there are several private, charities and not-for-profit organisations that are trying hard to help them to overcome their problems. Even if you are finding it hard to get help, don’t give up. As the saying goes:

Those who shout the loudest.

I know it shouldn’t be the way but…

If your child is struggling get the help you need:


There is now one single point of contact for all new referrals to Milton Keynes Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

CAMHS supports families and professionals who are concerned about children and young people who may be experiencing difficulties including self harm, severe anxiety or suicidal thoughts.

Referrals from professionals and young people Mon-Fri, 9.00am – 5.00pm 01908 724228
Tel: 01908 724228


This is an online service – it’s free, safe and anonymous – online support, a magazine by young people, discussion boards, tips, goals, chat and messenger.

Website: Kooth

Children & Family Centre YIS Young People’s Mental Health

6 free counselling sessions for 11-21-year-olds living, learning or working in MK

Wellbeing coaching £35 per session

Telephone: 01908 604700

Website: MK YIS

Arthur Ellis

Support for ages 8-25.
Costs vary – £30-£35
£180-£210 6 sessions
Access through school / GP

Website: Arthur Ellis MHS

Children’s Mental Health Crisis

If your child is having a crisis with the way they feel and negative thoughts, don’t wait to see what happens call:

Telephone: 01908 724365, open 24 hours /7 days a week

or call 999


Helpline, support and self-help for eating disorders.

Website: B-EAT

Young Minds

Online resource for young people and parents.

Website: Young Minds