Mental Health for Children and Adolescents (CAHMS)
Information for Parents and Carers of Pre Teens and Teenagers
The Parent and Carer Support Team have provided a very useful handout of local services in Edinburgh. Please click here to access their handout.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Websites and Apps
Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Lothian have recommended the below websites and apps that can help with mental health which include grounded exercises, visualisation exercises or mindfulness.
- Headspace - free download option where you can access a guided exercise per day
- Mindshift - can be helpful to manage, test anxiety, intense emotions and tackles avoidance and relaxation strategies
- Smiling Mind - Meditation exercises, digital detox
- Catch It- helps recognise, track mood and unhelpful thoughts
- Well Mind - an NHS app with some information about anxiety and low mood, and some distraction games (use App store or Google Play to download)
- Youth Anxiety Canada - helpful information on anxiety aimed at young people
- Stem4 - useful website, including an app, providing a range of ways to help young people manage anxiety
- Mood Mission- app based, tailored list of 5 simple, quick, effective, evidence-based Missions to improve your mood.
- Health Opportunities- Edinburgh based charity supporting young people aged 12-25 to improve their physical, sexual and emotional health and wellbeing. Trauma informed work includes, therapeutic 1:1, 'Feel Good' groups, weekly drop ins, 1:1 and group work with young people affected by their own or parental substance use, RSHP education and group work in Schools.
- Young Minds- Parent helpline. Information and advice on young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.
You may also find some of the following links useful:
- https://services.nhslothian.scot/camhs/online-resources-2/ (This includes a wide range of resources for different presentations, there's also some nice resources the Occupational Therapy team have put up including social stories and emotion regulation strategies)
- https://tailoredfoundation.co.uk/ndwell/ (Supportive for families that already have an ASD/ADHD diagnosis but may need additional signposting or post-diagnostic support)
- https://canongateyouth.org.uk/south-east-wellbeing/ (May be beneficial for young people in catchment for Gillespies and Boroughmuir High School)
- https://www.ed.ac.uk/health/hopepark (Free counselling at Edinburgh university for age 16+)
- https://www.childrenshealthscotland.org/service/smsconnect/ (This may be helpful for CAYP who have a physical health condition that can impact on their emotional wellbeing)
- https://kindred-scotland.org/ (For parents of children with complex needs)