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Equipping professionals to use digital tools to support children and young people's mental health & wellbeing

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Guides

Read practical guides written by a range of organisations that share the exact steps they followed when using a digital tool to support children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.

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Digital tools

Explore a collection of digital tools that can be used to support children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.

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Community

Connect with other organisations who are using digital technologies to support children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.

Recent guides

Creating a wellbeing website

A guide on how to create a wellbeing website for children and young people, their parents/carers, and those that work with them.

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A youth work guide to using Discord

A guide to using instant messaging social media platform, Discord, when engaging with children and young people.

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How to run safe and ethical online focus groups

A guide that covers how to run online focus groups with young people on a sensitive topic in an ethical and safe way.

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A guide to running online chatrooms and support groups

A guide that outlines the steps to follow to set up and run online chatrooms and support groups.

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A guide to using an AI chatbot to design and write a training session or lesson plan

Learn the steps to follow to use an AI chatbot to design and write a training session, lesson plan, or workshop.

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Holding a mental health-themed image and GIF making session [60 mins]

How to hold fun and interactive image and GIF making sessions with young people about mental health and wellbeing.

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Creating an innovative mental health signposting resource

How to create an innovative digital mental health signposting resource that is easy to access via a QR code.

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Using video counselling to support the bereaved

Sue Ryder piloted a free online service in 2018 providing counselling via video, which allowed people to access professional support from home.

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Creating a website for young people to access mental health support

YMCA had to move their Changing Futures teen mental health programme online due to COVID-19. The Changing Minds website provides a digital version of this service.

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Launching online children’s therapy to support families

Pace looked at how it could provide high-quality therapy and family support to children and young people across the country, in a way that did not expose them to increased risk of contracting
COVID-19.

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Recent blog posts

Social Media Series – YouTube

This is the first blog in a special social media series looking at popular social media platforms that are used by children and young people. The series aims to help you develop a foundational understanding of common platforms and how to support children and young people who use them to have a safe and positive…

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Gaming and Mental Health

Gaming is extremely popular with children and young people: 57% of UK children aged 3-15 play games online and 38% of those 16+ do (Ofcom, 2023). It can feel hard to keep up to date with the latest games, know their mental health impact, be aware of the key safety concerns, and how to support…

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What is sextortion and how can we protect young people from it?

Sextortion has been in the news a lot lately. Increasing reports of young people being targeted and the devastating consequences that this can have on their lives led the National Crime Agency (NCA) to issue an unprecedented alert to UK schools about the rise in risk of sextortion. Those of us supporting young people need…

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11 Online Safety Resources

When we think about children and young people going online, often one of our main concerns is making sure that they are safe and have a positive experience. We know there is a range of online harms that they might come across, from bullying, online pornography, sexual exploitation and abuse, to content promoting self-harm or…

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Children and young people are being left behind – here’s what we can do about it

By Jane Grant, Health Improvement Lead, and Laura Hills, Health Improvement Senior, NHSGGC, on behalf of the Aye Mind Collaborative  “Access to the digital world can no longer be seen as a luxury. Instead, digital inclusion must be seen as the cornerstone to ensuring social justice and equitable life chances for every child” (Unicef) The…

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Screen time and mental health: What does the evidence say?

There is an ongoing and heated debate around the impact that “screen time” is having on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. This debate is being amplified across media outlets, which often claim that social media is causing a youth mental health crisis. You don’t have to go far to find alarming headlines…

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Ten digital tools to help with anxiety

Anxiety is a normal emotion. All of us can feel it, but sometimes it can get out of control and can lead to a mental health problem. In fact, according to the Mental Health Foundation, nearly all young people in their research (86%) had felt anxious in the previous two weeks, and for over half…

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Think technology is ruining our sleep? Think again

A guest blog written for World Sleep Day by Dr Dimitri Gavriloff, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Course Tutor in Sleep Medicine at Oxford University. Dimitri also works as Clinical Engagement Lead for Sleepio. “I know I shouldn’t be using my phone.…” is something I often hear from the patients I see with insomnia. I wonder…

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Designing for people that will be using this website – that’s you!

We began the re-boot project for Aye Mind with a big objective: learn from what we had done before, and have conversations with the community who will be using the site to really understand what you need from it (and our wider service).

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Partner insights: The power of digital tools for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

The launch of Aye Mind is the result of months of hard work between the Mental Health Improvement Team at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and local partners. Everyone involved shared the same belief that digital technologies have a key role to play in child and youth mental health and wellbeing. We had the privilege…

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The Aye Mind co-production journey

By Heather Sloan on behalf of the Aye Mind Collaborative @heatsloan “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” (Benjamin Franklin) What is co-production and why does it matter? The Scottish Co-production Network defines co-production as a way of making decisions that combines everyone’s strengths so that…

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Another Giant Leap – Digital Approaches to Youth Mental Health, Revisited and Refreshed

By Trevor Lakey, on behalf of the Aye Mind collaborative How time flies! Around a decade ago, we took our first giant leap for youth mental health, and started out on a bold journey to explore digital approaches to youth mental health. Today, our Aye Mind relaunch gives us the opportunity to look back at…

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Download the Toolkit

Your introductory guide to using digital technologies to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.