Emotional wellbeing

Healthy Identity

Angela, a psychology graduate, and Karen, an autism mum, set up Stages learning materials in 1997.     Their focus is supporting children on the spectrum.     Click icon for their article about developing identity.     They say that identity development occurs primarily in interactions with others.     Fortunately, other children’s opinions may not matter much to many autistic children, which may help to shield them from criticism.

Tony Attwood is an English professor working in Australia.     He has contributed to an article about developing a positive autistic sense of self.     It points to external acceptance and support as an ingredient.     Online autistic communities may also help.

Raising children website, from Australia, looks specifically at teenager identity.     They suggest:

  • talking with your child about how difference is normal.     Everyone has their own strengths, interests and challenges.    
  • your child could joins a sports club or a band to find out where they fit in
  • show your child family photos.

This page looks at support for emotional wellbeing and mental health in Lincolnshire.

 Kooth on-line support

Kooth is an online counselling and support service for young people aged 11-18  (up to 25 for young people with SEND).       It is staffed by  qualified counsellors and is free across the Lincolnshire area.       Click icon to find out more.

See also:   Directory

 Healthy minds

Healthy Minds Lincolnshire provide emotional wellbeing support up to 19 years old  (up to 25 for young people with SEND).

Lincolnshire Here4You Line.       Click icon to find out more.

 Self help

Lincolnshire NHS has produced self-help resources for young people to help with their wellbeing.      Click icon to explore.


Mindfulness helps some to let go of troublesome patterns of thought.       Click icon for an NHS guide.

Lincolnshire libraries has many self-help mindfulness books.        Some have an accompanying CD, like this one, from Oxford university.    Suitable for those over 16 years of age.

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