Mental illness

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.


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Just as people’s bodies can become unwell, people’s minds can become unwell too. Mental health problems are more common than you might think – three children in every classroom have a mental health problem.


There are different kinds of physical illness and different ways to treat them. There are also different types of mental illness and different types of treatments for them. But mental illness is something most people find hard to talk about. In this section, you will find information about common mental health problems, how to cope with your feelings about it and where you can get more information and advice.


If you’re a young person worried about your mental health there are many organisations which can help you.


YoungMinds does not offer advice to young people – our helpline service is for parents or carers worried about a child or young person.


YoungMinds can’t refer you to CAMHS services. To find your local CAMHS service: visit NHS Choices – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and search for services in your area, or speak to your GP who can refer you.


  • Call (for general enquiries about YoungMinds): 020 7089 5050


  • Email: For general enquiries: or use the form at the bottom of this page. We’ll try to get back to you within 48 hours. If you’re worried about a child you can contact the Parents Helpline online using the contact form at the bottom of this page.


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