The Beacon Medical Centre

Mental Health for Children and Young Adults

There are many charities and agencies to help children and young adults with their mental health. Find out more here


Headlight provides a friendly, non-clinical space for young people who are experiencing emotional and mental health issues and their families.

Headlight delivers peer support through:

  • Fortnightly facilitated sessions for young people aged between 13 to 24 years in Axminster, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth
  • Access to one to one support and guidance during sessions
  • A monthly support group in Axminster for parents and carers of young people affected by mental health issues from across the south west
  • Information, signposting, advice and advocacy on mental health and wellbeing related issues to young people and their families by telephone, email and face to face.

Visit their website here

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS are the NHS services that assesses and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

CAMHS support covers depression, problems with food, self-harm, abuse, violence or anger, bipolar, schizophrenia and anxiety, to name a few.

Visit their website here

NSPCC helpline

If you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support by phone 0808 800 5000 or visit their website here.


An online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. Click here to access the Kooth site.


Childline offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry. Phone 0800 1111 or visit their website here. 


YoungMinds support children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Visit their website for more information.

Date published: 10th June, 2020
Date last updated: 24th November, 2023