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Britain Get Talking

We're supporting Britain Get Talking, ITV's Mental Wellness campaign to help families get closer.

About the campaign

Britain Get Talking is an ITV Mental Wellness campaign to help families get closer.

There is clear evidence that building good relationships – with family, friends and our wider community – is positive for our wellbeing. Having strong relationships means that we can share our feelings and know we’re being understood. It means we can support those around us as well if they are going through a difficult time.

When children and young people are struggling with their mental health, it can be particularly hard for them to talk openly about what they’re going through. That’s why we encourage parents and carers to have regular conversations with their children about how they’re feeling from a young age.

Along with Mind, we’re pleased to support Britain Get Talking by providing advice for their website on how families can have those conversations, and how parents and other adults can support young people if they’re struggling with their mental health.

I'm a young person looking for help

Find Help Guides

Our Find Help guides cover information about specific mental health conditions, like anxiety, depression and OCD, as well as symptoms or feelings you may be experiencing, such as sleeping problems, bullying or problems at school. Each guide contains advice and tips on what you can do next and where to go for help. 

Crisis Messenger

The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.

I'm a parent worried about my child

Parents A-Z Guide To Support

Our A-Z gives you advice on how to help your child with specific mental health conditions, and life events which might be negatively affecting their wellbeing.  We'll also show you where you can help. 

Parents Survival Guide

Parenting isn't always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work.

If you think your child is unhappy or if you are worried about their behaviour, it’s easy to be hard on yourself and think you aren’t doing a good job.

The Parents Survival Guide contains tips for any parent who is worried about their child, or their own parenting skills.

I want to start a conversation

How to be a good listener

When someone you know is struggling to cope, it can be worrying. But talking about how they're feeling and listening to what's going on can be an important step to them getting the help and support they need. 

Opening up can be really difficult for both the person struggling, as well as the person who may be hearing about their struggles for the first time. 

To help, we've created a list of tips on how to be a good listener, based on what young people have told us works for them. 

1. Start a conversation 

It can be really hard to know how to start a conversation with someone who seems to be going through a tough time. You could begin by talking about something you're both interested in or just give it a go by asking a few questions about how they are feeling. Just being there for someone can make a huge difference.

2. Be patient

Sometimes the other person may not be ready to open up. It can be incredibly difficult for them, so don't take it personally. Don't give up either - it may take a while before you're able to get through to them. If they really don't want to talk to you, you can direct them to someone who may be able to help like a teacher, a professional, or a helpline.

3. Give your full attention 

If they're ready to talk, give them your full attention. Focus on the other person, hear them out, and allow them to speak without judgement or interruption. Try not to look at your phone while they're talking and be open minded to what they have to say. 

4. Listening is enough 

Sometimes people aren't searching for advice. Don't try to be a professional - you're not a therapist and you don't need all the answers. Although you may worry about saying the wrong thing, know that you don't need to have the perfect response. All you need is to listen and make the other person feel heard. 

5. Look after yourself

Keep in mind that you might always be in the best place yourself to be a listener. There are many other ways that you can help someone who might be struggling. Urge them to talk to someone they trust like a teacher or professional, find support online or contact a helpline. 

Starting a conversation with your child

If you're a parent, we know 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. We have lots of fun activity ideas, conversation starters and handy tips, advice and resources to make talking easier. 

Help us get Britain Talking

Say #HelloYellow on World Mental Health Day 

Join thousands of schools, offices and workplaces up and down the country and wear yellow on Thursday 10 Oct to raise vital funds for YoungMinds. Whether you choose a subtle splash of colour or dress like sunshine from head-to-toe, together we can show young people they're not alone with their mental health. Sign up now to download your free fundraising kit! 

Tell the Government to Act Early 

There is a mental health crisis for children and young people. Investment in the NHS is crucial, but with growing demand we need a radical new approach to tackle this crisis. The Government must work together to look after young people's mental health and get early help to all young people who need it. 

Join 60,000 people and sign our petition to make young people's mental health a priority across Government. 

Support Our Work

We're leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.

There are times when I don't leave my bed for days at a time. YoungMinds has throughout my depression been something that gets me out of bed, it's a reason to continue.
Aaliyah, Activist
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