Getting early help for mental health

The services listed below are for children and young people looking for help with particular difficulties related to mental health or emotional wellbeing.  You may need to make a referral for to access some of these services – a parent/carer, doctor, teacher, pastoral support staff, youth worker or similar could help you to do this.

Cornwall Early Help Hub is the main point of access to local authority support and community health services for children and young people from 0 – 18 years (up to 25yrs for SEND). They also provide information and advice – contact via the website or call 01872 322277.

Hear Our Voice  is Young People Cornwall’s mental health project. We provide 1 to 1 support and small activity groups around the county for young people aged 11 – 19yrs who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health, and offer youth volunteering and peer support options through the CAMHS Young People’s Board and our Heads Up programme. Find out more via our website or contact Cami to make a referral.

Kooth offers free counselling to young people aged 11 – 19 years, online or face to face in your school, college or community. We can help with a range of difficulties including family and relationship problems, school worries, feeling low or depressed, sexuality, eating disorders, self –harm and bullying. Sign up to or contact the Cornwall office on 0845 3307090.

Young People Cornwall Mentoring projects offer one to one support with a trained volunteer in your community. This could include support to get out and about, work towards personal goals, or build confidence and skills to help you access education or employment.  Contact Margaret or Ben to find out more or to make a referral.

Young People Cornwall – provides regular youth work sessions, activities, volunteering and support around Cornwall through our youth centres and outreach projects. See our website to find out what is available in your area.

Penhaligon’s Friends offers one to one support, groups, activities and family days to children and young people aged 4 – 18 years who have experienced bereavement. Please see our website for information and referrals.

YZUP – Young Addaction offers one to one support and sessions in school/ college to young people aged 11 – 18 years who are struggling with drug and alcohol use.

The Wave Project helps young people to improve mental health and wellbeing, confidence and self -esteem through surfing! Please see our website for further information (you will need a parent/carer or professional to help you refer to this service.)

Outlook Southwest  – if you are 16 years or over you can access a range of talking therapies and groups through this service, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and stress and anger management. You can refer yourself via the website.

Pentreath offers a range of support for young people aged 14 years + who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and who need some help with education, training, getting into work or volunteering, or just thinking about the future! Call 01726 862727 or look at the website for referral information.

Dreadnought provides a range of projects for young people up to 18 years, including the popular Aspires group and activity programmes for children and young people who have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Please see the website to find out what is available in your area.

Brook offers information, advice and support around sexual health, healthy relationships and emotional wellbeing for young people aged 11 – 25 years. See the website to find out where your nearest Brook service is, or to make a referral.

Carefree supports young people aged 11 – 25 years who are in care or are care leavers, offering group programmes, sports, outdoor and creative activities, peer mentoring, volunteering opportunities and skills for life, education and employment. See the website or call 01209 204333 for further information or referrals.

Kernow Young Carers offers support and activities to children and young people up to 18 years who are carers for a family member who has physical or mental ill health, a disability or substance/alcohol use problems. You may need a parent or professional to help you make a referral.

HeadStart Kernow

The project supports 10-16 year olds across Cornwall, which develops resilience and mental well-being in young people. Focusing on prevention and targeted support across six themes: Working together, School support, Training, Community, Online wellbeing and evaluation.


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If you need to speak to someone urgently call your GP or family doctor!


Childline up to 19yrs : 0800 1111
The Samaritans: 116 123
In an emergency go to A&E or call 999