Whatever you’re feeling right now is valid. It is normal and perfectly understandable that you might be feeling anxious and worried at the moment.

Finding support for you
Here are some sources of support and some useful ways to get support if you are finding it hard.

Feeling anxious or stressed? Struggling to sleep? As you grow up, you experience physical changes and various pressures, such as exams and bullying, that might have an impact on your mental health.

At the moment, you might be finding the COVID-19 pandemic particularly challenging too – but take comfort in knowing that many other young people are experiencing this too. Here we have collated a range of resources, videos and podcasts to help you to manage your wellbeing.

Online resources

  • The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.
  • Good Thinking, London’s digital wellbeing service, has a range of resources and advice for young Londoners. They range from free apps, to blogs and they also have some great tips for keeping and staying mentally well.
  • Join Kooth to receive, free, anonymous and safe mental wellbeing support. It doesn’t matter how big or small your concern is, the Kooth community is available to support you through it all.
  • City Hall’s online hub has a helpful range of resources and guidance if you’re feeling anxious or stressed about work, housing or financial difficulties.

Video resources

  • In a short video recorded especially for Thrive LDN, hear how UK Grime star, Laughta, supports her own mental health and wellbeing as well as watching two live performances from the rising star.
  • Taken from our 2020 World Mental Health Day Festival, watch a collection of spoken word, poetry and live music, performed at London’s Young Vic theatre. The performances and issues explored are designed to support you build resilience and promote positive wellbeing.
  • Watch a video message from Amani Simpson, an award-winning social entrepreneur and youth leader. At the age of 21, he was stabbed 7 times after intervening in a robbery attempt. Since then, he has dedicated his life to empowering young people.

Podcasts

  • The Act On podcast focuses on issues facing young Londoners’ lives, such as inequality, the challenges of social media and the positive impact of participating in live music and cultural activities. Recorded with young people, it opens up conversations around breaking down barriers, building resilience and the importance of having a sense of community.
  • Navigating a relationship was difficult enough before but lockdown has added another level of complexity. Listen to a Good Thinking podcast with education and wellbeing specialist, Amber Newman-Clark from Brook, a nationwide charity supporting young people with sexual health and wellbeing advice, who talks about what has changed and offers some useful tips.
Twenty minutes to better resilience with Dr Radha
Making small changes can make a big difference and can help you to effectively build emotional resilience.


Our ability to adapt well to the stress of life, as well as being able to bounce back from adversity, crises or trauma, is often referred to as emotional resilience.

We’ve teamed up with Dr Radha, NHS GP, broadcaster and campaigner for wellbeing, as well as Londoners like you, to develop a 20-minute training video on emotional resilience.

In this short training video, you can learn more about resilience and get lots of practical ideas and inspiration about how you can strengthen your own ability to adapt well to stressful circumstances.

British Sign Language version

We have also produced this video with British Sign Language interpretation. Watch now on our YouTube channel.

Other resources to help you
Dealing with difficult emotions can be challenging but help and support is available.

In London, there are a range of free resources, online tools, and helplines available to help you deal with the uncertainty and stay mentally healthy. You may also be interested in resources in the main section for other communities, which you may also be part of.

Digital resources available now

Good Thinking is a digital mental wellbeing service that has over 100 free, NHS-approved resources designed to help those dealing with anxiety, low mood, poor sleep or stress. Take the clinically validated self-assessment to get a better understand of what you’re going through, helpful resources and if necessary, relevant treatment options.

To help build resilience and maintain good mental wellbeing, Every Mind Matters has a range of resources for everyone at Including an interactive quiz, the Your Mind Plan, to get top tips and advice relevant for you.

NHS psychological treatments

If you do not require urgent support but are still concerned about your mental health, contacting your GP is a good place to start.

You can also refer yourself for free, non-urgent NHS talking therapy services, also known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services, which provide evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety. In London, services are ready and open to receive self-referrals for those needing professional support.

Helplines

Or you may feel more comfortable talking to someone you don’t know by using one of the following helplines:

  • If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs urgent assistance, advice or support, contact your local 24/7 NHS mental health helpline.
  • Shout is the UK ‘s first 24/7 text messaging service for anyone in crisis. Text Shout at any time to 85258 to start a conversation.
  • Samaritans’ free, 24-hour listening service on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.
Thrive Together: lessons from the most challenging year of Londoners' lives
The impact of COVID 19 on Londoners’ mental health and wellbeing.

Thrive LDN has undertaken a period of community engagement to capture the experiences of Londoners during the pandemic.

In a series of new articles, we begin to share and explore the emerging themes from the responses, engagement and submissions to our community insights. Specifically highlighting the themes around racism, discrimination, the digital divide, and community and social networks.

Elsewhere, lots of evidence and insights collected from communities’ groups have shown that the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, and related crises are affecting people differently. For example, an online listening project run by Partnership for Young London and Good Thinking, with the support of TikTok, heard regularly from a group of a group of 14 to 24-year-olds during the height of the pandemic. When asked to sum up their lockdown experience in one or two words, ‘lonely’, ‘cooped up’ and ‘bored’ were common responses.

If you relate to the themes and issues highlighted here, then we hope you find the resources outlined on this page of support.