January 03, 2020
Doctors are advising parents of children with mental health problems to pay for private care because NHS services are “overwhelmed” – but what do you do if you’re a parent who can’t afford to?
How To Find Free Mental Health Support For Children
A survey carried out by mental health charity Stem4 discovered four in 10 family doctors had told parents of children suffering from depression and anxiety, self-harm or eating disorders to pay for private treatment, such as counselling, because of NHS waiting times of up to 18 months.
Some GPs who took part in the survey described CAMHS (the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) as “dire”, “extremely lacking”, “non-existent” and “totally, horrifically, grossly inadequate”, according to The Guardian. But with private counselling sessions costing anywhere from £10 to £200, many parents simply don’t have the option of paying for support. 
So, what do you do if you’re too worried to wait? Thankfully, many charities and organisations offer their own services – from signposting free treatment, to online or telephone short-term support. Here are some options.Related... 6 Children's Books To Kickstart Conversations About Mental Health Information and signpostingYoungMinds
YoungMinds runs a ‘Parents’ Helpline’, offering advice and support to parents who are concerned about their children’s mental health. This can include advice on how to work with a child’s school or GP to give children the best possible chance of getting the support they need. It also offers lots of advice for parents here. The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support to young people across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.Counselling servicesChildline
Offers free, confidential counselling to children 24 hours a day. Phone for 0800 1111 (24 hours) or chat 1-2-1 with a counsellor online here. There are also message boards with topics such as ‘gender identity’, ‘your emotions’ and ‘harmful behaviour’ that can be used anonymously. There’s a handy ‘traffic light’ waiting time system for online counselling that tells you how busy the site is, and how long you might be expected to wait. 
Youth Access
Provides free and confidential access to local counselling, advice and information services for young people aged between 11 and 25. Visit the website to find your local service.
The Mix
Information, support and listening for anyone under 25. Features discussions boards and group chat, plus a ‘crisis messenger’ – a text-service that’s free and available 24/7 for anyone in immediate need of support. There’s also a live message chat service connecting you with trained volunteers, email support and a helpline - including a web-chat service for those aged 10-18. Telephone counselling is available for those under 25. You will usually be offered up to eight counselling sessions that last around 50 minutes each, and can help with issues such as bereavement (death) or relationship breakdown, stress or anxiety, sexual identity or gender identity, depression or sadness and low self-confidence. Phone 0808 808 4994 (free and 24 hours) or get support online here.  
Shout
Shout is a free 24/7 text service “for anyone in crisis “anytime, anywhere”. Based on a long-running Crisis Text Line in the US, the UK version was launched by the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex in 2019. All a young person needs to do to access is text ‘Shout’ to 85258.
Samaritans
Free, 24 hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it (adults included.) Call 116 123 (24 hours) or email jo@samaritans.orgEating disordersBeat
This is the UK’s eating disorder charity. It runs online support groups and a helpline for anyone under 18. Phone for free on 0345 634 7650 (4pm – 10pm 365 days a year) or email fyp@b-eat.co.uk.Related... Anorexia Rates Among Pre-Teens Have Doubled In A Decade – Why? Suicide supportPapyrus
The UK Charity for the prevention of young suicide. You can call the Papyrus Hopeline free on 0800 068 4141 (open 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm at weekends and bank holidays), text 07860 039967 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org if you’re concerned for yourself or for anyone under the age of 35. Papyrus doesn’t offer direct counselling but does offer advice on services such as counselling, CBT, medication, peer support, community mental health support, self-help and online resources and local crisis lines. Drugs and addiction supportFrank
Frank offers confidential information and advice about drugs and substance abuse, whether it’s for you or someone else. You can call the free 24-hour helpline 0800 7766 00 (and it won’t show up on your phone bill).LGBTQ+ issuesStonewall
The UK charity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. Stonewell offers information, advice and where to get local support. Call its free information service on 08000 50 20 20 and find further information and support on its website here. 
Mermaids
Mermaids is a UK charity supporting gender non-conforming and trans children, young people, and their families. You can call its free helpline Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm on 0808 801 0400.Legal adviceChildren’s Legal Centre
Legal advice and representation for children and young people, plus information about your legal rights as a child. You can contact the centre online here. Related... 4 Ways I Parent Through A Mental Health Bad Patch ‘It’s OK Not To Be OK’: Britain’s In Therapy And We’re Ready To Talk 9 Self-Care Tips We've Learned From Celebs Who Spoke About Mental Health In 2019
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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