Resources and links to other services

Advice and helplines for mental health conditions

Birmingham Mind
Birmingham Mind is a local branch of the national charity Mind. The provide recovery based services, support mental wellbeing and promote health. They aim to challenge the stigma that surrounds mental distress and also provide a range of support groups and drop-in sessions for adults, as well as parent specific drop-ins in Birmingham.

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, use the online chat or send an email.

Common Unity - Harmony in mind
Common Unity looks to promote mental wellbeing in disadvantaged communities through effective communication and the development of holistic services. They provide training and information about mental health, but also have a range of information on youth services across the city.

Counselling Directory
Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. You can find details of professional counsellors and psychotherapists near you. The directory also contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news and events.

Hypnotherapy Directory
Hypnotherapy Directory lists professional hypnotherapists and allows you to find a professional near you. 

Mind is a national charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

The MindEd website is a free e-learning resource to help adults to identify and understand children and young people with mental health issues. It is aimed at everyone with a duty of care for children and young people, whether this be through their work or outside it in a voluntary or charitable capacity. This could be as a counsellor, teacher or police officer, an athletics or football coach, or through involvement with the Scouts or Brownies. MindEd has something for everyone.

My CAMHS Choices
A website created by young people with experience of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and aimed at helping other recently referred to CAMHS.

A UK charity offering information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults through a network of dedicated paid workers and volunteers throughout England and Wales.

Relaxation for Children
Relax Kids is a UK based organisation that specialises in children's relaxation. They offer a range of resources, including books, CDs and other relaxation products, that are specifically designed to help children manage their stress, anxiety and anger while promoting confidence, self-esteem and peaceful sleep

Rethink is an organisation that provides support and information about mental health conditions for those experiencing mental illness and their carers. It provides information about the legal aspects of some mental health treatments; advocacy and support services in different regions of the UK.

Rethink - Time to Change
Time to change is a campaign by Rethink to challenge stigma and misconceptions about mental health. It has blogs, information materials and statistics about mental health conditions to lobby a change in society’s treatment and perception of mental illness.

Royal College of General Practitioners - youth mental health resources
This website offers a range of downloadable information for GPs and other professionals working with young people with mental health conditions.

Royal College of Psychiatrists
This website provides lots of information on a range of conditions, useful for parents, young people, young adults and professionals to gain a better understanding along with ideas to help manage difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Young Minds
Young Minds is a charity that offers support and raises awareness of young people’s mental health. They have information on a range of mental health conditions and experiences of young people accessing mental health services. They offer a parent helpline and training for other professionals to raise awareness and understanding of mental illness in young people.

Local and national charities for specific conditions

ADDISS is a support organisation for parents/carers of children with ADHD, providing information about local groups and advice for parents/carers.

ASD Parent Support Group
A monthly support group for the parents/carers of those with autistic spectrum disorders. Organised by Forward Thinking Birmingham and the Communication/Autism Team.
Contact Helen Wrobel on 0121 250 1624 to find out more.

Autism West Midlands
A regional charity providing direct support to people with autism, and those who care for them. They provide activities, events, a helpline and support for people with autism to find and keep a job.

Beat is a national charity for adults and young people suffering and/or recovering from eating disorders. They provide helplines, online support and a network of UK wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders.

National Self Harm Network
The charity aims to empower individuals to explore reasons for their self-harm and to seek appropriate professional help. They offer support to friends, families and carers of individuals who self-harm. The website features information and advice on managing self-harm.

Papyrus is an organisation that aims to prevent suicide in young people. They aim to reduce the stigma associated with suicide, increase awareness of young suicide and how to help prevent it. Their website provides advice and support for those thinking of suicide or those affected by a young person’s suicide.

Resources for Autism
Resources for Autism run a range of youth clubs and also offer siblings groups and a befriending service. You can use the referral form on their website to access their services.

Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO)
Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO) is a charity which enables children, young people and adults with learning disabilities to enjoy social and leisure activities. SoLO operate throughout Solihull from their main offices based in Chelmsley Wood.

Somewhere over the spectrum (SOTS)
Local support groups specifically for girls and their parents/carers who are on the autism spectrum. Currently there are two groups in Birmingham, in the north and south. To find out more contact your nearest group:
Sutton Coldfield

The National Autistic Society
UK charity for people on the autism spectrum (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

Support for parents

Carers UK
Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend.

Mind is a national mental health charity providing a range of activities for adults around mental health and emotional wellbeing. They also run an eight week programme looking at mental wellbeing as a parent/carer. Call 0121 237 3761 to find out more.

Stonham is a Birmingham mental health carer support service, operating throughout the city. They provide a range of support, information and advice to carers of individuals with mental health needs.

T.R.U.S.T is a parent run support group for parents/carers and families who are affected by adolescent mental health conditions. They meet monthly at the All Saints Centre, Kings Heath and provide time and space for support, sharing experiences as well as holding information events around a range of topics that affect adolescent mental health.

YoungMinds is a national charity for young people's mental health. They also provide some support for parents through their helpline, email or online chat. Call their free helpline 0808 802 5544 to find out more or email

Children with disabilities

Birmingham Disabled Children’s Directory
A directory published by Birmingham City Council of support and services available for disabled children and their families.

Contact a Family
A national charity that supports families of disabled children, whatever their condition or disability. They provide a range of information and advice services, from housing to education and access to local information in different regions in the UK.

Kids West Midlands
A national charity for children with disabilities and their parents/carers.

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
A charity specialising in severe learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging. Established by a family carer, they work with families and professionals supporting children and adults across the UK.