Practitioners and professionals

Mental health


Emotional and Mental Health Support for Children and Young people

In the East Riding we recognise mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people as an increasing concern. Our aim is to help prevent the development of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues and support children and young people with evidence-based services which build resilience and promote positive outcomes for all.

Pathways of support

Primary School Age Children

If you are a professional seeking support for a primary school aged child living in the ERYC area  consent must be gained to discuss concerns with the Early Help Locality Hub nearest to the where the child resides.

See Quick Guide for Early Help Locality Hub details (pdf 5mb)

Secondary School Age Children

Information on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Support Service for secondary school can be found on the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service page



Support available to people aged 16 years and above is available

The Emotional Wellbeing Service offer a core service for people aged 16 and above who are experiencing mild to moderately severe common mental health difficulties such as: anxiety disorders, low mood/depression or worry and stress. For more information and details of referral by either telephone or on the East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group website

Integrated IAPT Service Information Leaflet for Professionals (pdf 700kb)

Talking Therapies Leaflet for Patients (pdf 500kb)

EWS Poster (pdf 1mb)


Online and Telephone Support


Childline is a national service which offers the following: Free, confidential and anonymous support for young people under 19 in the UK. Young people can contact Childline’s trained counsellors to talk about anything whether it’s something big or small. Childline is available any time, day or night. Young People can talk to Childline by:

The site also has a wide range of self-care resources and online forums on mental health and other topics which may impact on children and young people’s lives. The combination of online and phone counselling ensures young people who have limited access to the internet through their own devices can still access support via the free phone number.

For more information please visit the Get Support page on the Childline website.



YoungMinds is a national charity which offers a free textline service providing 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.

Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

Text: YM to 85258

For more information please visit the Mental Health Support For Young People page on the YoungMinds website.


How Are You Feeling website

The How Are You Feeling website is available for young people, parent/carers and professionals to guide them to where to access support for emotional wellbeing. It includes resources, a directory of services and advice and guidance.

For more information visit the how are you feeling website.



Additional resources

For more information on health and wellbeing, training, downloadable resources, and self-help information visit the East Riding Health and Wellbeing website

What is the definition of mental health?

Mental health is defined as, ‘A state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’.  World Health Organisation (2010).

Mental Health can be seen as a continuum wherein and individuals mental health may have many different possible values.

Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how “mental health” is defined.

Mental disorders comprise a broad range of problems, with different symptoms. However, they are generally characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others. Most of these disorders can be successfully treated. World Health Organisation (2010).

There are different types of mental health problems. Mental health problems can be broadly separated into two main categories:

  • Common mental health problems these include depression and anxiety disorder, panic attacks, phobia's, acute stress disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder;
  • Psychosis - schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (previously called manic depression) are less common.


What is the impact of adult mental health?

The association between adult mental health disorders and child abuse and neglect has been well documented. It is estimated that health problems will affect 1 in 4 adults at some point in their lives.

Mental health problems are disturbances in the way people think, feel and behave. Untreated a mental health problem can have a major impact on an individuals ability to function. Risk factors differ depending on the mental health problem.

The majority of people recover or learn to lead meaningful and fulfilled lives despite their diagnosis. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence produces evidence based guidance on the treatment of mental health problems

Visit the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (external website)


Many children will grow up with a parent who, at some point, will have some degree of mental health problem. Most of these parents will have mild or short-lived illnesses, and will usually be treated by their general practitioner. A few children live with a parent who has a severe mental illness.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists produce a factsheet on parental mental illness; the impact on children and adolescents; information for parents, carers and anyone working with young people.

Visit the Royal Collect of Psychiatrists website (external website)


The impact is explored further in Children’s Needs – Parenting Capacity available to download below:

Children's Needs Parenting Capacity (pdf 877kb) 


What are the responsibilities of support services?

Adult mental health services – including those providing general adult and community, forensic, psychotherapy, alcohol and substance misuse and learning disability services – have a responsibility in safeguarding children when they become aware of, or identify, a child at risk of harm.


Is there local training available?

East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership

You can access information and apply on-line for a range of inter-agency mental health training


Youth Mental Health First Aid    

The course overview and aims are the same as MHFA, but focus on 11 to 18 year olds.

The course covers:

  • development;
  • common youth mental health problems;
  • depression and anxiety;
  • suicide and self harm;
  • psychosis;
  • substance misuse and eating disorders;
  • mental health policy and legislation.

 To apply online for this course please go to the training page: ERSCP training

Where can I find out further information? 

Bipolar UK

Web: (external website)

Tel:  020 7931 6480

Support for people with bipolar disorder (including hypomania) and their families and friends.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Tel:  0161 705 4304 

Web: (external website)

Can provide details of accredited therapists.


British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Tel:  (01455) 883300 

Web: (external website)

For practitioners in your area.


The British Psychological Society

Tel:  0116 254 9568 

Web: (external website)

Produces a directory of chartered psychologists.


Carers UK

Advice line:  0808 808 7777 

Web: (external website)

Independent Information and support for carers.


Cruse Bereavement Care

Tel:  0844 477 9400 

Web: (external website)


Helpline and advice for those affected by death

web: (external website)

The Child Death Helpline provides a freephone service to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age which occurred under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.

Phone: 0800 282 986


Hearing Voices Network

Tel:  0114 271 821 

Web: (external website)

A support group providing information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.


Mental Health Law Online

Web: Health Act 1983 Overview (external website)



Advice line:  0845 456 0455 

Web: (external website)

Information and support for people affected by severe mental illness.



24-hour helpline:  08457 90 90 90 

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Web: (external website)

Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope.