Young People's Mental Health

Support and information


If you have an urgent emotional or mental health issue please talk to a school counsellor, teacher or contact your GP or go to A&E. The pastoral support teams at Sidmouth primary schools and Sidmouth College are continuing to support young people with mental health issues. Parents, children and students who feel they need support or advice can contact either Tracey Tipton on 07540 668 525 (primary age) or Carole Clark 07495 540 415 (college age - see resources at 

Young Devon (  08082 810155) has produced a good wellbeing toolkit with tips, tricks and techniques for maintaining positive mental health during lockdown and beyond. It has advice for parents if children feel anxious about coronavirus. A PDF copy can be downloaded HERE.

For information and support on young people's mental health issues try the following websites:

Headlight in Sidmouth

Headlight provides a friendly, non-clinical space for young people aged 13 to 24 who are experiencing emotional and mental health issues and their families and is run by Ben Feasey of Action East Devon. Young people can self-refer see the website HERE or call 01404 549 045.

Online courses   

Public Health England has produced a free short online course for psychological first aid (PFA) training to help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19. It takes an hour a week for three weeks and is available at the FutureLearn website HERE.

FutureLearn also have a course on helping Young People manage low mood and depression in the context of Covid-19 that takes two hours a week over two weeks. It is HERE.

Sid Valley Wellbeing and Health Action Team (WHAT) 

The group has been set up with the mission to improve young people’s mental health through improved local access to early help services. The aim is to work together across organisations in the Sid Valley to increase what provision is on offer to improve young people’s wellbeing and reduce the stigma of mental health issues. There have been several WHAT meetings to identify what needs to be done and what local resources there already are. WHAT is being coordinated through Sid Valley Help.

Our appeal for the Headlight project raised over £10,000 and Headlight in Sidmouth has now started. Donations can be made HERE