The NCS has a long history of working closely with grassroots organisations around the UK. As it's Children's Mental Health Week, here is some information about the wonderful organisations that are working hard to improve the mental health of Children & Young People in the UK:
Beyond is a youth mental health charity that exists to improve the mental health of young people in the UK.
They raise money to help other organisations and schools that are underfunded or underutilised and are committed to giving out grants which will truly make a difference to the mental health of young people up and down the UK. They share knowledge and best practice.
They campaign to make a difference and bring about change before the point of crisis.
Beyond is powered by an impassioned youth board that is determined to instil new attitudes. They are the heart and soul of the charity – the idea-generators, campaign drivers and future changemakers.
Butterflies Child and Adolescent Counselling Service
Butterflies provides a therapeutic service for children and adolescents between the ages of 4 years to 18 years who have experienced Abuse and Trauma and/or any other related issues. We work integratively incorporating various techniques and strategies by using Creative Interventions such as Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Laughter Therapy, Talking and Solution Focused Therapies, EFT (Tapping) and CATT (Child Accelerated Trauma Therapy.) We also work with and support parents whilst their child is undertaking therapy with our service.
Our Equine Assisted Therapy & Learning Service is an 'Experiential Modality' of Mental Health Treatment where the child participates in activities with horses and then works with the support of a facilitating team to process their thoughts, beliefs, behaviours and patterns.
We have an Equine Bullying Programme in which we visit schools to raise awareness of Bullying and run equine workshops during school holidays.
North East Counselling Services
North East Counselling Services was formed in 2006 to provide support for people in Gateshead who are carers. We continue to provide counselling to carers to this day but our remit has expanded to deliver counselling to children and young people aged 4+. We also provide counselling to adults - both individuals and couples.
Counselling can now be provided by Zoom or telephone which means that we can expand our high quality counselling provision across the UK.
We have around 50 counsellors delivering counselling on our behalf. We bring in counsellors at trainee level and help them to develop their career as a counsellor within our organisation and beyond.
PAPYRUS is a leading youth suicide prevention charity in the UK, dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health in young people. They are a national charity founded in 1997 by a group of bereaved parents, who had each lost children to suicide. As a UK-wide charity, Papyrus has offices in North West England, South West England, West Midlands, London, Northern Ireland, North Wales, South Wales, and Scotland. They run a national suicide prevention helpline, namely HOPELINEUK, which is staffed by trained suicide prevention advisers providing a free and confidential call, text, email and webchat service, which is available from 9am to midnight, every day of the year. Alongside this, Papyrus delivers suicide prevention, education and training packages to create suicide-safer communities. They also press for change to current legislation around suicide prevention on a regional and national level.
The MegaCentre Rayleigh
The MegaCentre Rayleigh is an Essex-based, Christian charity which exists to bring joy, hope and life to the whole community. We believe that life is precious and that every child and young person should have the best opportunities to grow, learn, contribute and thrive in society and that every family should have access to the support that they need to live full lives.
We run a variety of programmes to support local young people and children including youth clubs, children’s groups, complementary education, family programmes and 1-2-1 support. Our youth and family teams support over 500 individuals and families each year.
As a social enterprise we also offer recreational activities including Megazone Laser Tag and Soft Play attracting thousands of children each year as well as providing approximately 40 young people with part time employment.
TheHub@TheMegacentre is a community resilience hub, based at The Megacentre, supporting the whole community in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies in the local area.
Service Six is a Northamptonshire based charity who, for over 40 years, have been helping the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families in their local communities to overcome issues effecting their lives including: low self-esteem, bullying, bereavement, depression, self-harming and traumatic experiences through a wide range of services such as counselling, support and thematic project activities.
The services they provide are life-changing and often life-saving for the children and young people who access them and their families. Their needs-led and bespoke activities not only aim to help service users overcome their problems they currently face but also to provide them with the life-skills they will need to deal with problems that they may face in the future, hence their strapline: “Changing Lives, Creating Futures"
The Crysalys Foundation
The Crysalys Foundation’s vision is that every child deserves a happy youth and they're working with a range of partners towards a new approach to transforming disadvantaged children’s experiences today for all our tomorrows. They're currently focused on preventing, reducing, mitigating and treating childhood trauma and its devastating impacts.
Therapy Partners, Rewrite Your Story
Rewrite Your Story is a charity established to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Their Specialist team is a collective of specialists across the therapy spectrum working with other partner organisations. They have pioneered a whole system approach to support, working alongside Schools and Colleges offering counselling and psychoeducational support on a one to one or group basis for children and young people, their families and professionals. They are experts in developing bespoke training packages for professionals supporting young people with disordered eating, and their work has a special focus on early intervention based on the modus operandi developed working alongside their NHS colleagues with recovery rates well above the NHS baseline.
West Wellbeing Suicide Prevention Charity
West Wellbeing Suicide Prevention Charity deliver suicide and self harm intervention through one to one counselling. They provide counselling therapies for children with mental health issues through art, play and offer addictions counselling, advocacy and family support.
ZunTold is a publishing and therapy service, based in Manchester, led by a management team of counsellors and therapy managers with over 25 years’ experience of delivering digital and in-person, trauma- informed therapeutic services to children, young people and adults.