Published on: Monday 3rd February 2020

Children’s Mental Health Week 2020 (3 – 9 February)

With 1 in 8 young people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, encouraging children to talk openly about mental health and wellbeing and to know how to seek help has never been so important. 

Children's Mental Health Week 2020 (3 – 9 February) is run by children's mental health charity Place to Be to focus on the importance of looking after our emotional wellbeing from an early age. This year’s theme is ‘find your brave’.

“Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help. It can be scary to open up at first but it’s so important to let someone know if you’re struggling. Support is available and you don’t have to deal with things on your own” said Justine Leonard, Director of Services for Children and Young People at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

How to get help in Surrey

Talk to a professional
Teachers, pastoral care departments, school nurses and GPs can all provide support and refer you to Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for further help if needed.

Visit a CYP Haven
CYP Havens offer a safe place for 10-18 year olds to talk about their worries and mental health in a confidential, friendly and supportive environment. CYP havens are located in Guildford, Epsom, Staines and Redhill. You don’t have to call first or book an appointment; you can simply turn up during our opening times, which can be found here:

Online support
You can also find support online, through a guided self-help confidential counselling service provided by our partner Kooth by visiting 
Kooth is an emotional and mental well-being community where young people can seek help anonymously. Kooth offer one-to-one text based counselling, therapeutic messaging; as well as peer-to-peer support through moderated forums and articles.