wellbeing

In Birmingham, services are working together to improve the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. This section of our Local Offer details the wellbeing and mental health services that are available locally.

Wellbeing Youth Forum  

The Wellbeing Youth Forum are a group of secondary school students who meet at least twelve times a year to help shape Birmingham’s wellbeing offer.  

The group work closely with senior leaders within Birmingham City Council and within the community. They ensure pupil voices are rooted in service delivery locally, regionally and nationally. They also help shape the policies and practices which are affecting young people’s lives. 

If you’d like to find out more about the work of the Wellbeing Youth Forum, you can email wellbeingyouthforum@birmingham.gov.uk  

Educational Psychology Service

Birmingham’s Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provide professional psychological services in a wide range of educational and community settings.

Educational Psychologists work together with children and young people, their families and their teachers to improve wellbeing. They do this by supporting individual children and young people, as well as by training and sharing their expertise with other professionals.

Educational Psychologists have in depth knowledge of child development and can support with a wide range of needs.  

You can find out more about the EPS by taking a look at their website:

https://birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Services/4524

Home Bridging Team

The Council’s Home Bridging Team support children and young people who have not attended school for an extended period. This includes children and young people whose attendance is affected by poor mental health.

The team is made up of experienced professionals who work closely with families and schools to help them understand the reasons why going to school might be difficult. They then help children, young people and their families make a supported return to learning.

Forward Thinking Birmingham

Forward Thinking Birmingham provide mental health services for people up to the age of 25 in Birmingham. They offer support, care and treatment through one organisation, making it easier to access the right support at the right time.

You can find out more about the range of services offered by Forward Thinking Birmingham by visiting their website.

https://www.forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk/

If you think you or someone you know could benefit from support for mental health concerns, you can contact Forward Thinking Birmingham through their ‘Access Centre’. You can find more details here: 

https://www.forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk/services/8-access-centre

Kooth

Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous service to support young people’s emotional and mental health. It provides online support through helpful articles, discussion boards and chat with Kooth team members.

You can find out more about Kooth by visiting their website:

https://www.kooth.com/

Voluntary and Community Organisations

Forward Thinking Birmingham keep a Service Directory with information about local voluntary and community organisations who can support with mental health related issues.

You can access the service directory here:

https://www.forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk/services/47-service-directory