Information & Guidance To Support Children & Young People


MindMate Website

MindMate is a Leeds website for families, professionals, children and young people around youth mental health. If you’re a young person, MindMate can help you understand the way you’re feeling and find the right advice and support. If you’re a parent, carer or professional, MindMate can help you support a young person you know. We would recommend hovering over the young person’s tab, clicking ‘games’ and then selecting ‘stress pot’, as this is a timely and helpful activity to do with your children. 

Clear Fear App 

Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and uses the evidence-based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions. You can personalise the app if you so wish and you will be able to track your progress and notice change. 

Calm Harm App 

Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change. 

Young Minds Take 20 Parent Activities 

Talking to your child about how they’re feeling can be hard. By taking 20 minutes with them to do an activity you’ll both enjoy, you’ll create a relaxed space to start that conversation. Here are some ideas of #Take20 activities that you could do in 20 minutes. 

Anna Freud Self-Care Strategies 

Anna Freud consulted with a wide range of young people to create a portal of self-care strategies to help young people to manage their wellbeing. Advice to give to young people: It’s up to you to decide what helps. If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t, stop and try something else. And you can help Anna Freud build an evidence-base for these activities by letting them know what works by clicking on the ‘Did this activity help your mental wellbeing’ button on each page. This will help them decide which ones to research further.