Self-Help and Wellbeing Resources

Self Help Resources

Hampshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) have developed some resources that are designed to aid you in navigating Schools, Friendships and more. 

Best Version of You Booklet 

Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes it’s great, we’re having loads of fun and feeling good and on top of things. At other times, life can be hard, tough and sad things can happen and we can feel like it’s hard to cope and manage. It can be helpful to have some ideas of what to do if you’re struggling and finding things hard. This guide is here to help you with some of the issues that many young people experience from time to time.

Self-Soothe Boxes

When we are feeling anxious, low or distressed we can get caught up in negative thoughts and how bad we are feeling. It can be helpful to have your very own self-soothe box, which you can fill with different things to distract you and help you to feel better in those moments.

A-Z of Coping Strategies

Here’s a list of 26 ideas, that might help you in a time of crisis. Not all things work for all people but you won’t know until you try.

Back To Basics

Back to Basics is an initiative set up by Hampshire County Council with information and advice on supporting your child's emotional wellbeing.

Looking after your family's wellbeing is very important. Families all need some help from time to time due to life changes or events.

As a parent or carer, you can take small steps to help your child's wellbeing as well as your own. You can do this by starting with the basics.

Our Mental Health Space - Youtube

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have released some new content for parents and carers of young peope with mental health difficulties.  The programme is called Our Mental Health Space and can be accessed through their Youtube channel. 


Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service offered to young people aged 11 - 25 years (up to their 26th birthday) living in Dorset, Hampshire and the IoW with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional and mental health needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors.

By accessing Kooth young people can benefit from a free, confidential, anonymous and safe way to receive support online, online counselling from a professional team of BACP qualified counsellors is available via 1-1 chat sessions or messaging on a drop in basis or via booked sessions including out of hours’ availability - counsellors are available from 12pm to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop in basis.

No referral is required, young people can access the service directly and in complete confidence at


The ThinkNinja app from Healios helps young people aged 11 to 17 years old with their mental health, emotional wellbeing and resilience levels. The app also supports people with symptoms of anxiety and low mood.

Think Ninja can help young people in the following ways:

  • Keeping calm when stress levels rise by accessing the Skill Zone for breathing and distraction exercises
  • Helping to address unhelpful thoughts related to Coronavirus in the CBT skills section and ‘My Challenges’ section
  • Boosting their mood with various PowerUps     
  • Connecting via text chat with a 'live' Healios mental health professional, if required, all within the app
A-Z Coping Strategies

Content: Hampshire CAMHS

The Mix 

The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.

You can choose how you access their support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through their articles and video content online or phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services – the control is in your hands. 

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