Information for young people and their families

HeadMeds: a web based resource for children and young people on the most common mental health medications

The RCGP has endorsed this web resource which has been produced by YoungMinds in association with the College of Mental Health Pharmacy. It aims to provide children and young people with accessible and down-to-earth information on the most common mental health medications. It was launched in March 2014, and will continue to be reviewed and expanded into a comprehensive resource.

Talk to us

The RCGP Adolescent Health Group has developed a series of leaflets on the topic of young patients visiting the GP in their own.

Talk to us - a guide for young people

This leaflet explains to young patients what they can talk to their GP about and that the information is kept confidential.

Talk to us - a guide for parents and carers

This leaflet lets parents and carers know that young people can come to the GP on their own, or with a friend, and that the GP will keep that information confidential, similar to any other patient. Both leaflets are free to download and there is space on both for practice details.

My CAMHS Choices is a website created by young people with experience of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), it features video interviews with real clinicians and young people.

Choosing What's Best For You is a colourful and vibrant site aimed at young people and explains what evidence is behind treatment options for young people for a range of mental health issues.

Doc Ready is a digital tool that helps young people to prepare and make the most out of mental health related GP visits. It helps young people to know what to expect during a GP consultation, plan what to say and record the outcomes of their appointments.

Brook Traffic Light Tool. This innovative resource developed with the RCGP Adolescent Health Group, helps professionals who work with children and young people to identify, assess and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours. It uses a 'traffic light tool' to categorise sexual behaviours, to increase understanding of healthy sexual development and distinguish this from harmful behaviour. 

The Youth Wellbeing Directory. The UK's first directory of all service providers to improve the emotional wellbeing and or mental health of children and young people and their caregivers.

A range of information leaflets have also been published here.

YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They provide expert knowledge and resources for young people, their parents and professionals through a Parents' Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists provide a range of resources for young people and their families including:

  • Over 40 factsheets in multiple languages
  • U Can Cope. A printable leaflet for young people on how to cope when life is difficult; concentrates on developing resilience with upsetting or difficult life events and coping without feeling emotionally overwhelmed.
  • Minds, Myths and Me. A booklet for young carers
  • Being Seen and Heard: The Needs of Children of Parents with Mental Illness training DVD.
  • Changing Minds. A multimedia CD-ROM about mental health, designed for 13 -17 year-olds.

You can find additional resources on the child and adolescent health and mental health resource pages.

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