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Mental Health and Wellbeing for Young People

Below you'll find a series of resources that our team at Lifelink have developed to help support your mental health and wellbeing. There are videos to watch, mindfulness podcasts to listen to and a number of visual resources that you can download. 

Lifelink Videos

The 'Happy Place' Technique

One of our therapists, Anna, explains the concept of a 'Happy Place' and how using this technique can help if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious.


The 5-4-3-2-1 Technique 

One of our therapists, Urte, describes the 5-4-3-2-1 technique that you can use to calm your mind if you find your thoughts racing or struggle with high levels of anxiety.


Dealing with Loss and Bereavement 

Alice calmly explains the process behind loss and bereavement, the stages that can affect us and what we can do to help ourselves deal with these feelings.


Understanding Anger

One of our therapists, Patricia, talks about a strong emotion we all feel at some point in time - anger. Patricia explains when anger can be useful and some techniques you can use to manage your anger when it might cause problems.


Understanding Anxiety 

In this video, Stephanie explains some common aspects of anxiety and some of the techniques we can use to control it. This video is delivered in British Sign Language with subtitles.


Leonida's Story

Leonida, a 15 year old school pupil talks about her experience with Lifelink and what the process of attending one-to-one counselling can look like.


Lifelink Listening Resources

3 Minute Breathing Space

A short recording exploring a quick breathing space exercise. 


Recognising the Unsettled Mind

This recording explores in a practical and experiential way how we can easily be carried off by our thoughts. It establishes that our awareness is different from our thoughts.


Settling, Grounding and Resting - Breathe as a Support

A recording exploring the mindfulness techniques of settling, grounding and resting while using breath as a support.


Working with Distraction

A recording exploring how the mind is easily distracted and how we can recognise this when it does happen.


External Support Organisations

Below you'll find a list of links to external providers of mental health support for both young people and families. 


CEDAR Project East Dunbartonshire 

Offers support to mothers and children who are in recovery from their experience of abuse and trauma. Based on concurrent therapeutic group-work. 

Referrals are accepted from families and agencies and with the mother’s informed consent and meet the following criteria: 

  • The child or young person is between 4-16. 

  • The family is living safely away from abuse. 

  • The child or young person has a memory of the abuse and can communicate it.          

To make a referral please contact the CEDAR Coordinator on 0141 955 3040. 


Scottish Families, East Dunbartonshire Support Team  

Supports families affected by substance misuse in the East Dunbartonshire area. The team provide group support, with groups in Bishopbriggs, Lennoxtown and Milngavie, and can offer one-to-one support.  

08080 101011 / https://www.sfad.org.uk/support-services/local-support-services/east-dunbartonshire-family-support-service  


Families First (Addiction)  

Work with families with children under 8 who are affected by parental substance misuse.  

0141 221 3382 / https://www.myfamilyandalcohol.org.uk/services/878/  


Family Mediation West of Scotland (Relationships Scotland) 

Supports individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties. They offer a range of services, including family mediation, counselling, and supervised contact to families throughout the west of Scotland.  

0141 332 2731 / http://www.relationships-scotland.org.uk/find-a-local-service/family-mediation-services/relationships-scotland-family-mediation-west 


Trussell Trust 

Food banks providing emergency food and support  

East Dunbartonshire Foodbank - The Trussell Trust 


PACe East Dunbartonshire (Barnardo’s) 

Provide high quality intensive support to young people aged 5-18 years who are experiencing significant difficulties at home or in school.                                                                                    


Edict – East Dunbartonshire Initiative for Creative Play 

EDICT is a charity based in Kirkintilloch that helps people with a range of mental & physical health conditions. As an alternative to clinical interventions, EDICT finds the time to get to know the individual and plan a programme of support for as long as it takes. Through the use of group and 1: 1 intervention, EDICT seeks to reduce stress and enhance emotional and psychological well-being.     

4 Cross Court, Bishopbriggs, G64 2RB / 0141 772 4554 / Text: 07860025911 / [email protected]  


Carers Trust – East Dunbartonshire Young Carers 

Staff in Scotland working with young carers in schools.  



Sacro provides several services specifically designed to support and encourage young people to desist from offending behaviour.  


External Self-Help Resources

The following list provides links to external organisations that have self-help resources available for young people. These range from guides to videos to apps that you can download, so there should be something that suits your own personal style of support. 

http://ayemind.com/: Resources for young people  

https://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk: Self-help resource  

https://calmharm.co.uk/: Help to resist or manage the urge to self-harm 

https://breathingspace.scot: Helpline plus advice and information 

https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/kids/: Helping children & young people to lead healthy, independent lives 

https://hospichill.net/index.html: An app with tools to aid relaxation and stress/anxiety (for those facing a hospital visit)