Welcome to the Self Help Hub's guide to supporting services & resources - listed under this section E & F are resources supporting the following subject areas: Eating Issues, Edibles, Environment, Epilepsy, Equality, Exams, Exercise, Faith, FGM, First Aid, Forced Marriage, Forgiveness, Friends.

Youthline - 0808 801 0677
Studentline - 0808 801 0811
B-eat are the UK's eating disorder charity, a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.

ABC - Anorexia and Bulimia Care - 03000 11 12 13 (option 1 for support line, option 2 for family and friends).
Information and support.

Do Men Get Eating Disorders - Film

Information about Eating Disorders.



What are 'Edibles'?
Edibles are any food products (including sweets, cakes, shakes and biscuits) that contain cannibis and which typically contain both THC and CBD.

Edibles and Safety
They may not contain what you think they do so the effects can be unpredictable - the amount of cannibis in an edible may vary hugely and other harmful drugs may also have been added.  This means that it is easy to overdose.  They may also react negatively with other medications or alcohol.

Absorption of edibles takes longer (as it's absorbed into the bloodstream through the liver) so may take 1-3 hours to take effect.  Again, this may lead people to overdose by thinking that its 'not working'. 

Overdose of edibles leads to unpleasant side effects including paranoia, nausea, hallucinations, panic attacks and impaired mobility.

Regular cannabis use can negatively affect brain development, heart health, memory and cognition.  Used over a long time it can increase the risk of developing teen schizophrenia and affects memory and learning. 

Medical Help
If you are concerned about the medical health of someone who has had edibles - please either call 111 (NHS) or 999 in an emergency.

For information and support about drugs including edibles, take a look at the following sites:

Frank - 0800 776600 or text phone for hard of hearing to 0800 917 8765
'Honest information about drugs' - Talk to Frank for facts, support and confidential advice on drugs and alcohol.

Adfam - 020 7553 7640
Support for people with a family member who takes drugs or alcohol, helping to find local support groups.

Getting It On
Regional charity for South West London providing information and services for 13-19 year olds on a variety of issues including drugs and alcohol.  

Dorset based charity offering local services in that area - website offers information across a wide range of topics. 

We Are With You
Offer free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health - help for you, or if you are worried about someone else.  

The Wildlife Trusts
The Wildlife Trusts have launched their Wilder Futures campaign with a special message from David Attenborough - watch the powerful video here featuring Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad (Wind in the Willows) and hopefully you may be inspired to get involved to bring our wildlife back.

This group is concerned with the environment and the consequences of rubbish/single use plastic.  They arrange regular 'plogs' which are run/walk and rubbish pick ups to get rubbish off the streets and away from our rivers. They have also set up school plogging clubs which allow children to get involved  and become passionate about cleaning up their local environment.  Contact them if you would like to set up a plog in your school.

Young Epilepsy - Helpline 01342 831342
Support information and advice enabling children and young people with epilepsy and related conditions to thrive and reach their ambitions.

Brain and Spine Foundation Epilepsy Factsheet - Download Here.

"Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents. It is also the belief that no one should have poorer life chances because of the way they were born, where they come from, what they believe, or whether they have a disability." - quote - Equality and Human Rights Commission. 

The Equality Act 2010 makes it an offence to discriminate on the basis of nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Equality and Human Rights Commission
The EHRC is about promoting and upholding equality and human rights ideals and laws across England, Scotland and Wales. They can provide support and advice about this for individuals and organisations.

EASS - Equality Advisory Support Service
The EASS has a Helpline to give information and guidance on discrimination and human rights issues. The service is free and fully accessible by phone, email, fax, post, video link for those who wish use BSL and has access to advocacy services for those with mental ill health and people with a learning disability. 

HYCS Exam Results 2020 Support Page here.  
News, updates and developments on the 2020 grading of results.

Download HYCS' Exam Stress leaflet in the Self Help Hub for resources and tips to help with Exam Stress.

BBC Bitesize 
Advice, plans, revision tips - everything you need to improve your revision technique for exams.

BBC Bitesize Revision App
for 14-16 year olds - see App Zone

Centre 33 - Exam Stress Guide
Download a useful guide to managing exam stress here.

Please also see our guide to support resources for results day 2020 here


NHS Fitness Studios
Instructor-led exercise workouts lasting from 10-45 minutes - from aerobics and pilates to yoga and bellydancing.

Muslim Youth Helpline - 0808 808 2000
An award winning registered charity which provides faith and culturally sensitive, confidential services to Muslim youth in the UK. The helpline service is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year including Bank Holidays and Eid.

Support victims of anti-Muslim hatred and record and provide an accurate picture of anti-Muslim hatred and the risk to Muslim communities in the UK.  Resources and reports.

Childline - 0800 1111
24/7 confidential support for young people to age 18 about anything that's worrying you.  Call, chat online or email.  Article about coping with faith-based bullying here.

Book/Film ideas:

The Book of Joy - Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
This bestselling book, now made into a film, features Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama have been friends for many, many years. Between them, they have endured exile, violence and oppression. And in the face of these hardships, they have continued to radiate compassion, humour and above all, joy.


Police - 999 or 111
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of FGM then please call the Police on 999. 
If it is not an emergency you can also call the Police on 111 for advice.

Forward - 0208 960 4000 ext 1 or 07834 168 141 
Forward are the leading African women-led organisation working to end violence against women and girls.  Contact Forward for information, advice and one-to-one support

IKWRO (Iranian & Kurdish Womens Rights Organisation)
0207 920 6460.
IKWRO’s mission is to protect Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of  ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence and to promote their rights.

They provide direct services for women and girls, including advocacy, training and counselling.


In the UK, forced marriage is against the law and, if you are being made to get married to someone that you don't want to, you have a right to say no. Here are some organisations who can help you:

Police- 999
If you are in immediate danger please call the police on 999

Forward - 0208 960 4000 ext 1 or mobile 07834 168 141 
Forward is the leading African women-led organisation working to end violence against women and girls. Contact Forward for information, advice and one-to-one support.

Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) - 020 7008 0151
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 0151
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Out of hours: 020 7008 1500 (ask for the Global Response Centre)
You can contact the FMU if you’re trying to stop a forced marriage or if you need help leaving a marriage you’ve been forced into.

IKWRO (Iranian & Kurdish Womens Rights Organisation)
0207 920 6460.
IKWRO’s mission is to protect Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of  ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence and to promote their rights.

They provide direct services for women and girls, including advocacy, training and counselling.

Karma Nirvana
UK Helpline: 0800 5999 247 
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm.
If you are in immediate danger call 999 
If you are being pressured to get married against your will or fear to bring shame or dishonour on your family, have been emotionally or physically abused or fear being disowned you can talk in confidence to Karma Nirvana. 

"Forgiveness is a gift. It loses its power as a gift if we make it a duty".John Braithwaite - pioneer in restorative justice 

When we've been hurt or seen others hurt by something that has happened it's natural to feel a range of emotions - from anger and sadness to fear, numbness or vulnerability.  

Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves. 

Finding forgiveness can feel really hard and may not feel right for you - but remember that forgiveness is not the same as making excuses for or condoning bad behaviour nor does it mean allowing abuse to continue or remaining inactive against it.

Choosing forgiveness or finding moments of forgiveness can be helpful as a powerful way to support yourself - by putting you back in control. It's one way to break the vicious cycle of revenge where those hurt then do the hurting; it may allow you to move on rather than being forever defined by that chapter in your story by what has happened, it may inspire you to help others who may be feeling as you have done.   






Supporting A Friend
We may want to 'be there' for our friends but sometimes it can be hard to know how best to support them  - you may be unsure what to say for the best, how to help or where to get help.  You may be feeling overwhelmed or worried.

Some general tips that can be helpful to are to:

1. Stay calm

2. Listen - try not to judge.  

3. Check - what help do they want from you? Be aware of what you can deal with, don't take on more than you can manage.   

4.  Support options - If it feels right, you can also encourage them to think of support options including self help ideas or professional help, if appropriate, such as a GP, teacher, counsellor or helping organisation.   You may even want to offer to go with them when they do so, to give them support.

5. Seek help if you are worried for their safety - if you think they might be at risk or are unsafe its important to tell a trusted adult - perhaps a teacher, parent or other trusted adult professional.  

6. Take care of yourself - if you find that you are struggling and their difficulties are making you feel sad, overwhelmed or really worried please make sure you seek support for yourself!

Additional Sources of Help:
The following organisations are just some of those who can provide advice on how best to support a friend going through difficulties:

Childline - Helping a Friend section

Epic Friends 
A site about helping you to help friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally

Internet Matters
'Pressure to be Perfect' toolkit including downloadloadable teens guide to How to Support a Friend who is struggling online.

Student Minds - Look After Your Mate Guide
Download the Student Minds' guide Look After Your Mate here. Friendship can play a key role in helping someone live with or recover from any difficulties they are facing. But it can be hard to know what to say when a mate is struggling.  This guide will support you to look out for your mates, from starting a conversation to navigating the student journey...

Young Minds
A website offering information on many aspects of young peoples' mental health and wellbeing.  

Being a good friend is a lovely quality but we also need to take care of ourselves too and know how best to offer effective help and when we might need extra help and support too so Young Minds launched a campaign in March '20 with the theme #ItsNotAllOnYou for anyone who is perhaps struggling with supporting a friend with their mental health - check out the YM article and watch their series of videos here.
Anna Freud Network for Children & Families
"Helping Someone Else'
booklet available to download.

NHS First Aid Information
Link here to information about basic first aid.