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Supporting Wellbeing

Supporting Wellbeing - Helplines

It is extremely important that students’ and parents’ wellbeing continues to be supported by the school. All students will continue to be able to seek support for a wide range of issues. Listed below is a comprehensive list of charities and websites that we hope will be useful.

Please do keep us up to date with how you are doing, by emailing the Sixth Form Team –

Anyone who is need of immediate medical attention should call 999. Anyone in crisis can text SHOUT to 85258 to access support from trained volunteers 24/7.

Please look after yourselves, and each other. Remember you are not alone, and that even when the school is closed, we are here to support you.

Children and teenagers

Childline (free and confidential helpline providing telephone counselling for any child with a problem) or call 0800 1111


Together for Short Lives
A leading UK charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.


The Mix
The UK’s leading support service for young people under 25, The Mix can help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.


Whatever you're going through, and any age, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  or Call 116 123 for free.


Mental Health

Providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, as well as campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.


Rethink Mental Illness
Providing support and information to help everyone affected by severe mental illness, and helping them to recover a better quality of life.


A helpline for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. Or call 0800 58 58 58


Anxiety UK (for help, resources and information on anxiety)


Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (for help, resources, and information)


Be Mindful (for mindfulness/meditation/calming tools)


Bullying (practical information and advice)


Children’s Society (help, blogs and resources on current issues for children and families)  


Kidscape (information and advice on all types of bullying) or call 08451 205 204


Papyrus (helpline for young people) or call 0800 068 41 41


Place2Be (issue specific resources/helplines)


Royal College of Psychiatrists (resources on mental health)


Student Listeners (Cranbrook School’s student peer listening service)


Think You Know (online safety advice for students)


Young Minds (young people’s mental health charity)


Youth Access (information and advice for 12-25 year olds)


Youth 2 Youth (confidential and anonymous support via helpline and online chat) or call 020 8896 3675


7 Cups of Tea (online counselling service)



National Self-Harm Network (support for people who self-harm to find support and alternatives) (a safe place to talk and get advice)


Drugs and alcohol

Amy Winehouse Foundation
The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. We also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.


Action on Addiction
Working with people affected by drug and alcohol problems, this charity works in the areas of research, prevention and treatment as well as providing education and family support services.


One of the UK’s leading drug, alcohol and mental health charities.


Al Anon
Providing support to teenagers, families and anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not.


Alcoholics Anonymous
Groups that take place throughout the country, enabling people struggling with alcohol dependency and misuse to maintain sobriety through peer support.


A charity offering professional support to families, friends and carers of young people who have developed problems with drugs.


Narcotics Anonymous
Membership is open to anyone with a drug problem seeking help, regardless of what drug or combination of drugs have been used, and irrespective of age, sex, religion, race, creed or class. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using drugs.


UK Smart Recovery
Teaching rational, easy to learn and self-empowering skills to help participants abstain from any addictive behaviour and to develop a lifestyle that supports sustained recovery.



Switchboard (lgbt+ advice and mental health hotline) or call 0300 330 0630


This charity works with organisations across the UK to bring equality to gay, lesbian and bisexual people at home, at school and at work.


Mermaids has evolved into one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities, empowering thousands of people with its secure online communities, local community groups, helpline services, web resources, events and residential weekends.


Eating Disorders


The leading UK-wide charity providing information, help and support for people battling with anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.


National Centre for Eating Disorders (confidential counselling service for people with eating disorders) or call 0845 838 2040


Young Carers


Babble Carers (online community for young carers)


Carers UK (information and advice for carers of all ages) or call 0808 808 777



Childhood Bereavement Network (information and resources to support bereavement)


Grief Encounter (support and online counselling for people experiencing bereavement) or call 0808 802 0111


Hope Again (helping young people come to terms with bereavement and to deal with their feelings)


Winstons’s Wish (online support and information on dealing with bereavement) or call 08088 020 021


Hope Again (helping young people come to terms with bereavement and to deal with their feelings)


Domestic violence and victims of crime

National Domestic Violence Helpline
Run in partnership by the charities Women’s Aid and Refuge, this free and confidential helpline offers support and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
0808 2000 247 (Freephone)


Victim Support
A UK charity offering support for victims of crime, their families and anyone who may have witnessed a crime.



The UK’s leading charity for homeless young people, supporting 16-25 years olds with housing, learning, health and life skills.


Useful Apps

Headspace – Everyday mindfulness and meditation for stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, fitness


Calm Harm – A free app to help teenagers manage self-harm  


Calm – For meditation and sleep


Parent Helplines

In addition to all the above sites, the following charities have support and resources specifically aimed at parents.


British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (information on how to access private and NHS therapists) or call 01455 883 300


The Counselling Directory (regulated directory of private therapists)


F.E.A.S.T (for help, resources and information aimed at parents on eating disorders)


NSPCC (helpline for adults concerned about a young person, as well as help for families overcoming abuse) or call 0800 800 5000


Mind (support for adults and parents experiencing mental health problems) or call 0300 123 3393


Sane (emotional support for anyone affected by mental health problems) or call 0845 767 8000


Think You Know (online safety advice for parents)


Young Minds (help and resources for parents on a wide range of mental health issues) or call the parents helpline 0808 802

Updated 8.5.2023