During these unprecedented times, our team is here providing easily accessible mental health support for our children and young people. These services are provided to offer emotional support, guidance and reassurance to young people in Birmingham who may find the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation overwhelming.
If you have any concerns our urgent and critical care services are still available to support when you need them.
Here is a list of NHS approved apps specifically for mental health. Most of them are free, or have free elements to them. There is a wide variety of different apps, for example:
- Cove, which allows you to create music to express how you feel
- MeeTwo, which is like the mental health version of The Student Room
- Sleepio, which is a sleep improvement programme
- Student Health App, which contains health information and support specifically for students
Other apps which you may find useful include: Kooth, which is currently being trialled across Birmingham; Headspace, for all things wellbeing; eMoods, to help track your mood and identify triggers; Calm, for meditation and sleep.
Pause is a little bit different to other mental health services you might have experience, you don't need an appointment; simply register with us and request a session here or call 0207 841 4470 for a chat (Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm).
Think 4 Brum’s Self-Isolation Survival Guide
Think 4 Brum are a mental health youthboard and steering group for mental health services in Birmingham. We all have lived experience of mental illness, and most of us have used services such as Forward Thinking Birmingham. Through one of our discussions, we realised that there wasn’t much support for young people with pre-existing mental health conditions who may have been discharged from services, but were now struggling because of the pandemic. We came up with a Self-Isolation Survival Guide for young people like us, which has been shared by Birmingham Womens and Childrens Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, as well as by other youth mental health organisations!
One of our Think 4 Brum members has also been involved in creating a version of the government’s Covid-19 guidance specifically for young people. They are part of a group of young people from different youth organisations up and down the country who are working with Public Health England to tailor information which is easier to read and understand. The youth guidance is being updated regularly and you can check it out on https://www.gov.uk/.