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Mental Health and Risky Behaviours

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem, and that can be difficult to cope with.

If you are worried about yourself or someone else there is lots of support out there. Understanding more about mental health and ways to look after yourself can really help, as can services that deal directly with problems that come from it, or ‘Risky Behaviours’ as they’re sometimes called – for example, self-harm or substance use.

When we have something difficult to deal with and we don’t know how to get support, it’s perfectly normal to look for ways to cope, or things that we think make us feel better. Sometimes though this means getting involved with behaviours that could potentially put us at risk, and once we’ve started it can seem difficult to stop.

Look at the links below to get further information and help with mental health and behaviours that put you at risk.

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The local CAMHS site has information on a range of issues (such as anxiety and low mood) and sign-posts to local services as well as having great practical tips and advice that can help instantly.

Strong Young Minds

A local project (Strong Young Minds) run by the CLD trust that helps young people with all aspects of mental health concern. If you are aged 10 – 26 and need support, you can get in touch with the team.

Online App – Kooth

Find out how to get Kooth – an online app that gives advice and guidance and can put you in touch with an online mental wellbeing community. It’s all anonymous too!

Young Cart Shed

Young Cart Shed is Herefordshire-based and provides a place for young people to find support and understanding and develop new skills.


Turning Point – Herefordshire Recovery Service

Turning Point is a local service helping young people (as well as adults) who think that their alcohol or drug use may have become a problem. There’s lots of helpful information on the site plus details of how to get in touch.

Substance use help – Talk Community Directory

The Talk Community Directory has lots of links to local and national services that can help with substance use and addiction.


Suicide Prevention – Papyrus

Papyrus is dedicated to preventing young suicide. There are instant help numbers on the site, but also follow the ‘Find help and advice’ link for apps, guides and information that can support you.

Help for suicidal thoughts – Talk Community Directory

The Talk Community Directory sign-posts you to local services that can help if you are having suicidal thoughts. There are also numbers for people you can talk to 24 hours a day.


Self-Harm advice and links – Talk Community Directory

The Talk Community Directory outlines what is meant by self-harm and lists excellent local and national services that can help.


Sexual Health Services 4 Herefordshire

Sexual Health Services 4 Herefordshire offers weekly drop-ins for young people in Herefordshire.

NHS Wye Valley Trust School Nursing

Children and Young People aged 5-19 and their families can get advice from the school nursing service on topics like relationships, maintaining a healthy weight, sexual health, emotional and mental health, smoking, alcohol and substance use, and keeping safe.

Main Office Tel: 01432 363 940

Single Point of Access (Advice Line) – Tel: 07813 451 034 (Tel/Text/WhatsApp), Mon-Fri 9.00 – 4.30.

For more information – see the school nursing webpage here

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Young Minds

Lots of practical tips and advice from young people for young people, as well as information on getting the support you need if you’re struggling with your feelings.

Top tips – NHS

Quick top tips and exercises to help improve your mental health.


Talk to Frank

Talk to Frank gives honest information about drugs as well as offering helplines and a text service if you’re struggling with drugs and need help.


The Samaritans

The Samaritans are there to talk 24 hours a day. This page also tells you about other ways to contact them and a useful self-help app. Explore the site to find more support and guidance.


On-Line App – Calm Harm

Link to the Calm Harm App website – a free app that can really help if you’re worried about self-harm.


Beating Eating Disorders

A site explaining different types of eating disorders, real-life stories and how to get help.

How you view your body – Childline

Lots of information, advice and helpful videos on how your body changes and how you can deal with feelings that may come with this.

Need to talk to someone? Call Childline on 08001111

Click on the logo for more ways to contact them.   Childline home page