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Wellbeing for Families - News and Information 


Mental Health & Wellbeing:

Taking control and managing your feelings and anxiety can be a really positive step forward in looking after your mental health. WorryTree is a simple mobile app that helps you to record and manage worry wherever you are. WorryTree asks you to record whatever you're worrying about and takes you through a few short steps to decide whether it's a worry you can control.  It then creates an action plan.  The app designed to work alongside Cognitive Behavioural Therapy but you can use it as a standalone worry-recording app.


Mental Health Support:

In a mental health emergency, call us: 0800 0516 171

We are here to talk. The line is open 24/7 for people living in County Durham, Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York.


More information can be found on their website:



Wellbeing Book Recommendations:

Wellbeing Building resilience in children and teens:

Read our tips and guidance to help your child:

Helping our children build resilience and confidence is one of the most important gifts we can give them. We all understand how life can bring you many challenges throughout and how important it is on how we manage this. Resilience is being able to manage stress, challenges, trauma or adversity that life brings and bounce back from it. When children and teens are resilient, they are going to be more confident, curious and adaptable to the world around them.

Top tips

  • Help them build positive relationships with their friends and other adults.
  • Help them learn to be independent in their actions and thoughts.
  • Encourage them to understand, express and manage their emotions.
  • Help them build their confidence by taking on challenges and allow them to learn from it even if they do not manage to complete the challenges


Further support:

At Family Lives, we do understand how different each situation is. If you would like further support and advice, call us on 0808 800 2222 or email us at You can talk to us online via our live chat service, which is open, Monday to Friday between 1.30pm and 9pm. You can also use our online forums to talk to other parents and share experiences.

Children and Parents: 

Recovery college Online

Providing a range of online information to people who might be struggling with mental health issues. There is a section for under 12 

and parents and carers


Support for Children:

Mind Moose ( ) is a web app.  Children go on a journey of discovery with Mind Moose and his animal friends. They explore more about themselves and different coping mechanisms so that in times of stress they know what helps them relax and what makes them feel happy. 

Childline has the calm zone provides a toolbox of ideas to support emotions and express your ways

Childline also provides a range of information and support on a number of issues. This includes support on cyberbullying


Try this interactive game called “Crucial Crew”.  The game has been created by North Yorkshire Police for Years 5/6 but could still be accessed by younger KS2 children. It takes the form of a character who goes through a series of risky and unsafe situations and has to make a decision based on three options each time. Subjects covered include internet safety, water safety, electricity safety, fire safety, road safety, gas safety. The game is accessed at


Information about Anxiety:



Wellbeing for Families:

Parenting advice from child mental health experts and practical tips to support children’s wellbeing and manage behaviour.


Wellbeing Website:

BBC Bitesize has a wealth of guidance and support for families across lots of different topics, including:

  • Food & Health
  • Mental & Emotional Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Social Wellbeing
  • Parents Toolkit (wellbeing advice for parents, children and teens)
  • Learning Tips (for home and school)
  • Homework Hacks

The website is easy to navigate and advice is given as articles or videos that families can share together.


Reading Well

Reading Well for children is a brilliant website that provides information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.  The books listed have been chosen by leading health professionals alongside children and their families.

The booklist is targeted at children aged 7-11 to read independently but can be shared as a family to open up those discussions surrounding mental health and wellbeing.

All books should be available to borrow from your local library.


Wellbeing activities for families:


Wellbeing Support for Sleeping Well:

Studies have shown that children who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behaviour, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health.


Screen Savers: Looking after your eyes, body and mind when using screens

(Beacon House)

We are spending more time online than ever before, possibly sitting and working with poor posture as we use makeshift desks and chairs. There is a tendency to take fewer breaks and less exercise and this is affecting our physical well-being.

Beacon House the specialist, therapeutic service for young people, families and adults has produced a series of six posters outlining ways to keep safe and alert when working at home, whether children or adults.

Download the posters here:

Further Beacon House resources can be found on their website here:

When emotions explode (Young Minds)

Young Minds have also created a useful poster highlighting ways to give support to children when they have angry feelings or outbursts and may help families start a conversation and talk about each other’s feelings.

Download the poster here:


Mental Health and Young People - Relevant websites

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Young Minds

Centre for Mental Health


The Children's Society



Anxious Minds


Action for Children

Anna Freud



Caring for Kids