Getting Help

This grouping comprises those children, young people and families who would benefit from focused, evidence-based help and support, with clear aims, and criteria for assessing whether these aims have been achieved.

The professional may not necessarily be a trained mental health provider, but may be a range of people who can provide targeted, outcomes-focused help to address the specific mental health issue.’

It is important that a whole school approach in relation to mental health informs the effective use of this resource overall, including the importance of early identification and intervention.

Please note that the Thriving section of this website contains links to guidance from the Department of Education and national organisations which explain how to implement the approach and the current context for the role of schools in supporting the emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

This section of the Thrive model is about accessing specific interventions for those children and young people who need them.

Many organisations accept self-referrals. Individuals and families can be supported to those most appropriate for their needs.

Others may require a referral from a professional with due regard to guidelines about consent and confidentiality.

There are two parts to this section, which you can access by clicking on the links to the left of this page:

A Guidance for schools in relation to Getting Help from reliable and established sources which will help school staff to gain an overview and enable them to make informed decisions about what action to take.

B Local services in the school setting and in the community


This resource is reliant on information provided to us by organisations and partners at the time of writing, therefore the level of detail and accuracy varies across services and some may be missed. We recommend visiting the webpage of a service directly should you require further information.