The Gymnast

Tia’s gymnastic piece symbolises the challenging journey that many of our children and young people, like Khaled, go through when experiencing difficulties with their mental health.

Many thousands of children and young people go through periods of mental ill health. When this happens, it can be impossible for them to make and keep friends, manage at school and feel good about themselves. And it can be bewildering for their parents and siblings. Many other children may not be diagnosed as having mental health problems but lack confidence and feel unhappy much of the time.



Barnardo's work with children and young people who have mental health difficulties. We run centres where they can come and we ensure they have a worker to talk to. We help them build their confidence and address the root of their difficulties. We also work with parents and other professionals.

Find out more about how we provide advice and emotional support

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Emergency numbers

If you think that a child is in immediate danger please dial 999. Alternatively please contact your local authority social care department, or the NSPCC 24 hour child protection helpline listed below.

If you are a child who needs help, please call Childline on 0800 11 11.

Alternatively, please call 0808 800 5000 to discuss your concerns with the NSPCC 24 Hour Child Protection Helpline.

If you are concerned about a Barnardo's member of staff, volunteer or carer please call the relevant national or regional office and speak to a Barnardo's senior manager or children's services representative.