Kids Zone

The Kids Zone has information for children and young people. You can find out about attending hospital and clinic appointments. There are examples of children and young people’s experiences with health services. There are also links to supporting websites and other sources of help.

Click on the sections below for quick access to each area or scroll down the page to see all the content.

Sometimes it's easier to find help online without having to admit to an adult that I am struggling with simple things. It will be good to find the right advice on KIDS rather than asking someone face to face.

Teenage Boy from West Dunbartonshire

Helping You To Help Yourself

Being a child or a young person isn't always easy. You are always having to learn new things like how to look after yourself and make and keep friends.

We hope you will find something to help you on your journey to adulthood. Below are links to the main sections of the website as well as information about attending appointments.

Life Skills

Here you will find information and advice about the skills that you want and need to learn to become an independent adult.

Websites for Young People

Ayemind is aimed at improving the mental wellbeing of young people. Includes resources for young people and professionals. Ayemind also signposts to lots of other useful websites.

Childline is a mental health charity for children and young people that has a wide variety of helpful videos, games and articles. They have a free telephone helpline (0800 1111) and message boards where young people are encouraged to share experiences and support each other in a positive way.

If you need support in crisis then you can contact any of the charities below:

Young Minds Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 mental health crisis support across the UK. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.



Papyrus is a mental health charity dedicated to preventing young suicide by providing support and resources for young people and their families. The “Hopeline” (Call: 0800 068 4141 / Text: 07860 039 967 / E-mail [email protected]) is for children and young people experiencing thoughts of suicide, or for anyone concerned for a young person.

Dyslexia Unwrapped is an online hub from Dyslexia Scotland especially for dyslexic children and young people aged 8-18


Kooth is a free mental health support from online counsellors. A free sign up service with discussion boards, helpful tips, articles written by young people, and the option to write mood journals and set positive goals.

Reach offers advice for pupils dealing with all sorts of issues, including being bullied; changing and leaving school, struggling with difficulties at home; feeling low or anxious: finding it hard to access learning and take part at school; being care experienced, and much more.




TalkTime Scotland aims to help physically disabled young people to reach their potential and to improve their mental well-being and that of their families.

They support disabled people aged between 12 and 25 through weekly one-to-one counselling sessions with qualified professionals. This can be face-to-face, by video link or by telephone.




Young Minds provides a range of mental health help and advice for young people. This charity also encourages young people to get involved in raising awareness about children and young people’s mental health.

Young Scot - It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and scared by everything you’re hearing about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) right now. Find out more about what's happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community.

Young Scot also have a new campaign called Aye Feel where you can find information about how to look after your emotional wellbeing, support from organisations around Scotland and tips on how to promote a positive mindset.

Check out the #AyeFeel tag on social media for the latest updates.

Apps to Help you Manage Stress, Worry and Anxiety

Calm - A mindfulness app that includes various relaxing sounds to listen to, visualisations to help relaxations, “sleep stories”, and guided meditations.


Calm Harm - An app to help teenagers manage or resist the urge to self-harm by providing a wide range of distraction techniques.


Chill Panda is free app is for children and adults who want to learn how to manage stress and worry, and feel better.


Clear Fear is a free app that aims to help children and teenagers manage anxiety. The app helps to reduce physical responses to threat and change thoughts and behaviours through distraction and helpful activities.


Cove is an app helps people to capture their mood and express it by making music. Note: you do not need to know how to play an instrument to use this app.


Safespot is an app designed in Glasgow to help young people improve their coping skills and promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

Smiling Mind is a free app for encouraging mindfulness, meditation and positive wellbeing.


Children and Young People's Experiences of Health Services

Experience of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy can transform lives. The core purpose of Occupational Therapy for Children is to empower and enable children, young people and their families to live their lives as independently and easily as possible.  We collaborate with the individual, their family and the wider team around the child to identify their strengths and explore how they can overcome their challenges to achieve their full potential. Here is a video of Alistair's story.

Experience of Speech and Language Therapy

1 in 1000 people stammer.  If you have a stammer it can affect your confidence.  You may have to see a Speech and Language Therapist to help you learn to control it. 

Here is a video of Fraser talking about his experience of seeing a Speech and Language Therapist.

The F-words: Fitness, Function, Friends, Fun, Family and Future

The World Health Organization (WHO)'s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Framework describes health and disability. It offers a holistic strengths-based model for describing what people CAN do. The F-words: Fitness, Function, Friends, Fun, Family and Future are embedded into this framework. Families and youth have identified the F-words as a lay-friendly, easy-to-understand way of using ICF concepts.

To share the F-words, and educate the public about what youth with disabilities CAN do, a group of young adults with disabilities created the F-words Video for Youth.

Children and Young People's Rights

Children and Young People's Rights information from Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow

The Children and Young People's Commissioner is a person. Their job is to help you understand your rights and to make sure those rights are respected. Their goal is for children and young people in Scotland to be as safe and happy as possible.