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Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Hub - Adults, Parents & Carers

This page offers a ‘one stop shop’ style directory to help adults, parents and carers in Barnsley take care of their emotional wellbeing. 

Including links to support ranging from bereavement services to mental health first aid kits. As well as lots of local and national counselling services which meet a broad spectrum of emotional needs.  

Covid-19 has caused a huge shift in our way of living which has meant almost every aspect of our lives has had to change overnight. Many of us have had to adapt and change the way we work, live and learn. As a result, it has left many people feeling frightened, anxious and low in mood. As things change so quickly it can feel like an emotional rollercoaster that you can’t get off. This page aims to help you take back control of your emotions and feelings with various coping mechanisms and support services. Remember that it is normal to find some days harder than others but it is important to be able to recognise when it begins to impact your day to day life and get the support you need. 

Remember, your GP should be one of your first ports of call if you are struggling. They can help to get you the support you need and can refer you to specialist services.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for there is a Children and young people’s emotional wellbeing hub page which may have what you are looking for.

Alternatively try using the search bar at the top of this page.


Covid-19 Emotional Well-being Survey (for your Child/Young Person)

We are asking young people to complete this survey to help understand the impact of the current situation.

This will help us ensure that services are able to provide the right support at the right time to meet all young people’s needs now and in the future. 

0-19 Public Health Nursing Services

What is it? Available to those may have specific needs during this time and may require support either virtually or in person. The Public Health Nursing Team can support on a wide range of issues ranging from sexual health to worries about your weight and body. They can help you find the right support for your specific needs

Who is it for? Children young people and their families

When do they meet? The Nursing team can speak to you over the phone and depending on what you are contacting them about they may offer you some advice on how to resolve your issue, they may refer you to another service or they may offer to have a virtual video call. They can also offer a face to face visit but this is on a case by case basis and currently face to face appointments are being limited.

How do I get in touch?

Single Point of Access: 01226 774411 (lines open Mon-Thur 8:45-4:45 and Fri 8:45-4:15)

Facebook messenger:


Write: 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service, PO Box 634, Barnsley, S70 9GG

Website: 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service 


Looking after your own emotional wellbeing

Our emotional wellbeing has always been important, but sometimes it can get pushed aside because we can’t see it in the way we see physical health, like a broken bone or a cold.

A great way to take care of our mind is to use the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ which can help us keep ourselves mentally well.


Connect…With the people around you.

  • With family and friends.
  • At home, school or in your local community
  • With online communities   

Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be Active 

Be active…

  • Go for a walk or run.
  • Step outside.
  • Cycle.
  • Play a game
  • Dance

Being active makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. 

Find the right activity for you using the Family Service Directory 'Things To Do' section.  

Take Notice 

Take notice… Be curious.

  • Catch sight of the beautiful.
  • Remark on the unusual.
  • Notice the changing seasons.
  • Savour the moment, whether you are walking to school, eating lunch or talking to friends.

Keep Learning 

Keep learning… Try something new.

  • Rediscover an old interest.
  • Take on something new.
  • Fix a bike.
  • Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food.

Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Take a look at Adult Skills & Community Learning  to find your perfect course.



  • Do something nice for a friend, or neighbour.
  • Thank someone.
  • Smile.
  • Volunteer your time.
  • Join a community group.
  • Look out, as well as in.

Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.


These five pillars don’t need to be ticked off everyday but they are a really helpful tool to reflect back on if you are feeling stressed, anxious or low in mood, they can help you refocus and regain control.


Mind is a Mental Health Charity, which has branches up and down the country. They understand mental health and wellbeing. They are here if you need support and advice.

We help everyone understand mental health problems, so no one has to feel alone.

There is a Childrens and Young People's Information Section on the Mind website; click the link below to take a look. 

Mind : Children & Young People

Every Mind Matters from the NHS 

The NHS 'Every Mind Matters' Campaign can be found here: 

Every Mind Matters

  • For tips on what to do if you feel lonely
  • If you are worried about Coronavirus 
  • How to fall asleep faster and for longer


Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity for people with eating disorders and their families.

Who is it for? Beat provides helplines for adults and young people, online support and a UK-wide network of self-help groups to help people beat their eating disorder.

How do I get in touch?

Phone: 0808 801 07011 (youth-line)

0808 801 0811 (student-line)

Email: (youth) (students)


When are they open? The Helplines are open 365 days a year from 12pm – 8pm on weekdays and 4pm – 8pm on weekends and bank holidays.

Things to Try at Home

There are some simple pick me ups you can try at home, to make you and your child or young person feel better.

Find some ideas in this section 

Getting outdoors

Why not try exploring somewhere new to help you switch off and take a bit of a break from it all.

You can find a map of all the Public Footpaths & Cycle Routes Bridleways in Barnsley here:

Public Rights of Way

Our Family Service Directory 'Things to do Section' holds information about Parks, Farms and Outdoor Spaces in Barnsley; Take a look and plan your next visit. 

Parks, Farms, Outdoors


Staying at home

Getting out and about isn’t for everyone and if walking or running isn’t your thing, or you aren’t ready to leave home just yet, what about some simple relaxation exercises?

These could be anything that help you keep calm and relaxed.

  • Taking a long soak in a bath
  • Crafts
  • Cooking
  • Listening to music or making your own music
  • Writing a letter or a journal
  • Singing along to the radio,
  • Meditation

These are ust a few suggestions, do what makes you happy and allows you to feel relaxed and in control of your feelings.

Counselling Services : Face to Face, Online or on the Phone

CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)

What is it?

CAMHS is the Mental Health Service For children and young people in the Barnsley area.

They provide services to children and young people who are experiencing a wide range of problems, these could be;

  • behavioural,
  • psychological
  • emotional problems
  • difficult relationships
  • trauma or abuse.

Who is it for? Any child or young person under 18

How do I contact CAMHS

You can get in touch with CAMHS on: 01226 644829 :  Mon-Fri  :  9am-5pm

How do I get help?

In order to use the CAMHS service you need to be referred by a professional; which is somebody like;

  • A teacher from school
  • GP
  • A&E
  • Health visitors
  • Hospital staff,
  • Local authority staff, like a Family Support Worker if you have one.


Kooth Online Support 11- 25 years

What is it? 

Kooth is an online support service.

The Kooth team are here to provide free, safe and anonymous online support and counselling.

The whole team are made up of friendly and experienced individuals who want to help you.

Who is it for? 11-25 years

How do I get in touch?

Visit: to sign up.

Support is available everyday until 10pm

IAPT - (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)

What is it?  IAPT can teach you skills and techniques to help you manage everyday ups and downs. There are a wide range of options including one to one, face to face, telephone, internet-based therapy and courses.

Who is it for? Open to anyone over 16 registered with a GP in Barnsley. You can ask your GP to refer you or do it yourself using the online referral form.

Where is it? It depends on your referral – the IAPT team will decide what will support you best – it may be group therapy or 1-1. Currently groups and workshops are not running however, telephone and online assessments and support is still available and as guidance changes modes of delivery may change.

How do I get in touch?


Phone: 01226 644900

Hours: Monday – Friday 8.00am – 8.00pm

The Mix

What is it? The Mix is the here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts that we have.

They offer a free & confidential helpline available 365 days a year via phone, email or webchat. They also have discussion boards and live chat.

Who is it for? Anyone under the age of 25

How do I get in touch?

Crisis messenger: text THEMIX to 85258 (24/7)

Call: 0808 808 4994 (open 7 days a week from 4pm – 11pm)


Local Services : For Emotional Wellbeing & Empowerment

Find groups and services in Barnsley than can help support your Emotional Wellbeing below: 


Umbrella provides early support interventions with the understanding that one size doesn't fit all. Umbrella offers a 'pick and mix' range of support that aims to improve wellbeing. Such as:

  • Counselling
  • Group Programmes
  • Peer Support
  • Befriending

Click here for more information: 

Call: 01226 704090

Email :


Chilypep supports the OASIS young people’s mental health group at Horizon College and the CHIL Peer Mentoring programme at Barnsley College/Sixth form.

If you’re a student at Barnsley college/sixth form and would like to be a Peer mentor or receive support from a Peer Mentor whilst being a student at College or Sixth form, get in touch to find out more.

Check out some of the fantastic resources that have been made by young people, for young people: here 



MindSpace is a safe space for young people to discuss their mental wellbeing. Their aim is to offer a holistic approach to help children and young people with mental health difficulties, aiding recovery through early identification and intervention

Find out more by clicking here: Mindspace 


Community & Peer Support Groups

Community & Peer Support Groups

Creative Recovery 

What is it? 

Creative Recovery is a people-led charity that uses creativity to support recovery, boost wellbeing and bring about social change in Barnsley and across Yorkshire. This service supports individuals and families with experience of mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues. They also work to develop communities, challenging stigma and nurturing community spirit, with the aim to create a more accepting, inclusive and creative culture for all. Although there are no face to face groups taking part creative recovery is still running and they are working on new ways to engage people via post and online to help support people’s emotional wellbeing Website:

Who is it for? Children, young people and their families

How do I get in touch?

Phone: 01226 805885


Talking to your Child

In this section you will find helpful resources about talking to your child about Coronavirus, and other tricky subjects. 


What is it?  ‘My Back to School Bubble’ This e-book has been created in with input from teachers, parents and public health professionals and aims to help children understand the new protective measures that may be in place at their school, in an age-appropriate way. A great resource to help your children explore how things are changing in school and to address any worries or anxieties they may have about returning to school.

Ebug - Back to School Bubbles

Who is it for? It is for parents or carers of younger children


What is it: safe and reliable advice about young people’s mental health, created by experts and parents together

Who is it for: Children, young people and families

How do I get in touch?

British Psychological Society

The BPS offers a quick one minute guide on how best to talk to a child or young person about Coronavirus helping parents and carers to tackle the questions head on and with confidence.

Allowing you to reassure your child whist giving them the facts.

British Psycological Society - Coronavirus 

YoungMinds :

What is it? YoungMinds run a free, confidential parents helpline, which parents / carers can call if they are worried about how a child or young person is feeling or behaving.

They also run a group called Parents Say, for parents whose children are accessing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Alongside other various resources aimed at supporting families through difficult times.

Who is it for? Parents or carers with concerns about their child

How do I get in touch?

Family Lives - Divorce & Separation 

If you are thinking about separating or divorcing your partner, or you are already doing so, Family Lives has lots of advice on things which might be worrying you.

Read about where to find support, how divorce affects your children and ways you can help them through the process. 

Divorce & Separation Advice : Family Lives 

Challenging Behaviour

In this section you will find both Local & National Support for families who are dealing with challenging behaviour from their child or young person. 

Early Help & Family Centres

Early Help means someone working with you and your family so that any small problems do not become bigger.

Early Help is available for everybody from pregnancy up to 19 years (or 25 if the young person has a disability). You can self refer of speak to a professional that already knows you about Early Help. 

More information can be found here: Early Help & Family Centres 

You can find your nearest Family Centre using the Family Service Directory. The main sites are: 

Parenting Programmes

There are a range of parenting programs on offer within our Family Centres: 

  • Solihull "Understanding Your Child"
  • Webster Stratton "Incredible Years"
  • Sleep Tight Workshops
  • Talking Teens 

To come to one of our parenting courses, you will need to fill in a Parent Carers Education Programme Access Request Form. 

The form can be found by following the link below, the form itself if on the right hand side of the next page: 

Parenting Programmes

If you need any help with the form you can email:

MST Team (Multi Systemic Therapy Team) 

MST is an intensive way of working with families and works to support parents/ carers and other family members to develop and sustain strategies to improve their child’s behaviour at home.

MST is called upon to prevent children going into care or custody, to attend and behave well in an education or employment setting and out in the community. 

Families need to be referred into this team by a profesional who is already working with you. You can find out more by visiting their Family Service Directory Page below:

MST Family Service Directory Page

Family Lives 

Family Lives is a National Charity with links in Barnsley. 

If you would like support and advice, you call the confidential helpline on

0808 800 2222. You can contact Family Lives about any family issue, big or small.

They listen, support and never judge.

The Family Lives Website has tonnes of helpful information guides about behaviour, bullying, violence and antisocial or challenging behaviour 

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation

What is it? 

This foundation aims to improve understanding of challenging behaviour, to empower families with information and support and help others to provide better services and more opportunities to people with severe learning disabilities who display challenging behaviours.

Who is it for? CBF provide practical information for families and professionals about understanding and supporting children and adults whose behaviour challenges.

How do I get in touch?


 Family Support Line 0300 666 0126


Currently CBF are not sending out resources however all of them are available to download from their website. With Covid-19 specific resources and support available HERE

Bereavement Support

If somone has died and it's affecting you or your child, there are services that can support you, find out about them here: 

Listening Ear

Support for those bereaved during the coronavirus pandemic – a service for anyone who has lost a loved one and who needs support, advice or guidance

Phone: 0800 048 5224 : Mon - Fri : 10am - 5pm 


NHS Covid-19 Bereavement line 

A new Bereavement Helpline has been introduced by the NHS to support bereaved families during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The new helpline is not a counselling service but will be available to offer support, guidance and advice on dealing with grief and loss.

0800 2600 500 (open 8am-8pm 7 days a week)

The Good Grief Trust 

Run by the bereaved for the bereaved. The Good Grief Trust aim to help you find the support you need as quickly as possible.

You will find stories from others who have had a similar loss, practical and emotional support and signposting to a choice of immediate tailored local and national support.


Child Bereavement UK

What is it? Help and support for parents on how to help children cope with bereavement and loss.

Who is it for? Parents or carers of children or young people up to the age of 25

How do I get in touch?

Phone: 08000 288 840


Winston’s Wish – supporting bereaved children with SEND

What is it: An experienced helpline team can offer guidance, advice and support to adults supporting bereaved children with SEND. The nature of a child’s SEND may make it difficult for them to understand what death really means, and how they can manage the changes that have occurred in their life. So it is really important that those around them know how to support them.

Who do I get in touch?

Phone: 08088 020 021


Use the online chat

Use the Crisis Messenger text service: text WW to 85258


Crisis support

Crisis support & listening services

These services offer confidential advice from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult:

24/7 help lines for Barnsley residents:

Children and young people (CAMHS) – 01226 644829

People with a learning disability- 01226 645237

Adults (aged 18+) – 01226 645000


Phone: 116 123

Email (responses within 24 hours)



Text SHOUT to 85258

Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.



Phone 0800 1111 – the number will not appear on your phone bill. During covid lines operate between 9am and midnight.


Preventing Suicide 

Are you or is a young person you know not coping with life? For confidential suicide prevention advice contact HOPELINEUK open weekdays 9am-10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm-10pm

Phone: 0800 0684141



Drugs and alcohol support

If you or someone you know is having problems with drugs or alcohol you can contact any of these service and get the help you or they need. 

Young People’s Substance Misuse Service

What is it?

An allocated worker will encourage you to be honest with yourself and give you a confidential space to go over your issues with drugs and or alcohol. The service can also put you in touch with other services who are able to help you. You can work together with them, as well as your family (with your consent) to help you to achieve your goals.

How do I get in touch?

Email address:

Phone number: 01226 705980

Website: Young People's Substance Misuse service 

Recovery steps 

Support service in Barnsley for anyone over the age of 18 using drugs & alcohol

Who is it for? Older teens and adults 18+

Where are they? 5-6 Burleigh Court, Burleigh Street, Barnsley, S70 1XY  

How do I get in touch?


Phone: 01226 779066

More information: Recovery Steps  


What is it? The FRANK campaign helpline provides information and advice about drugs and information on local services. The service can take calls in over 120 languages via a three-way call with a translator.

How do I get in touch?

Telephone: 0300 123 6600

Text: 82111




What is it? Drinkline is a national alcohol helpline providing confidential counselling, support, advice and information.

How do I get in touch? Telephone: 0300 123 1110

When are they open? The free helpline is available on weekdays from 9am – 8pm and on weekends from 11am – 4pm.

Mental Wellbeing Apps

Many people find that Mental Health and Wellbeing Apps can be a great source of support.

We have put together a list below of some of the most popular apps.

  • Please remember check the suitability of each App.
  • Please also be aware that some apps may not be free and always check the in-app purchases.


Mindfulness and meditation app.

Headspace is here to give you the tools and resources to look after your mind. And now, more than ever, it’s time to support those who really need it.

Download the app from your app store or visit:

Suicide Safety Plan:

This app is designed to support those dealing with suicidal thoughts and help prevent suicide and help them build a plan to keep safe. his app also contains an easy-to-access list of emergency resources so that help is just a tap away.

Search Suicide Safety App in your app store.



Wysa is your cute, 'cheer me up' buddy and wellbeing tracker.

Wysa is packed with daily spiritual meditations that can improve mental health. It fits right in your pocket and helps you stay emotionally healthy with mood tracking, finding optimism, reframing thoughts (CBT) in friendly chats to help you reduce sadness.

This app is co-designed by therapists and coaches to help people cope when they are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety orstress. Wysa lets you set the pace, helps when it can, and never judges. It is free and anonymous.

Visit to find out more.


Find, Get, Give:

This is a mental health services signposting website for young people aged 11-25 where you can find help, get help and give feedback. For more information visit


Head Meds: This website, powered by Young Minds gives young people more information about medication. Visit


Alive App:

This app is a pocket suicide prevention resource full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis.

You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. Search Stay Alive in your app store.

SEND Support

SEND support:

There is lots of support on offer for children and young people with SEND.

Head over to the SEND Local Offer section to find out what services are available.

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