Support for mental health and wellbeing
There are a number of organisations that can be contacted for support - not only for your child but for your wellbeing too.
Charity that provides free and confidential counselling for young people aged 11 - 21
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
Central Wellbeing Centre (based on Midsummer Boulevard) which offers counselling, mentoring and a range of wellbeing options. They also have a Community Garden project at York House in Stony Stratford and work across the community to promote better mental health and wellbeing.
0300 330 0648
Talk for Change
Talk for change is a first point of contact for people wishing to access psychological therapies in Milton Keynes. It is a joint project run by NHS MK IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and Mind BLMK Counselling service for people with a GP in Milton Keynes.
01908 725099 (option 1)
Supports families and professionals concerned about children and young people who may be experiencing mental health difficulties
Working with 8 - 25 year olds that have been hurt by crime. SAFE can offer support and one to one meeting with professionals to help young people feel safe again.
0800 133 7938
A Northamptonshire based charity providing therapeutic support for disadvantaged children and families.
They have a community hub at Chapter House, Coffee Hall.
Smile:)MK is a programme of courses delivered by Adult Education (part of Community Learning MK.) It is aimed at supporting people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and/or sleep difficulties by providing access to various learning activities in a relaxed and supportive environment. Many of the courses are free if you are claiming income-based benefits or earning under £16,009.50 per year.
Some courses are more practical, such as arts and crafts, while others focus in particular on improving personal relationships, confidence and recognising and overcoming stress triggers. Courses last for 3-10 weeks with sessions of either one and a half or two hours.
Some of the classes currently on offer are:
- Stress and Anxiety Management
- Sleep and Dreams
- Restart With Art
- Meditation and Relaxation
- Relaxation through Mindfulness
- Art For Wellbeing
- Finding Your Way Through Grief