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The Ongar Academy

Resilience, Respect, Integrity, Community.

Wellbeing Support



Kooth offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years and is available up to 10pm every day.




Free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.

Telephone: 0800 1111 



The Mix

Online guide to life for 16-25 year-olds. Straight-talking emotional support is available 24 hours a day. Chat about any issue on our  moderated discussion boards  and live chat room.




Information and support for anyone under 35 who is struggling with suicidal feelings, or anyone concerned about a young person who might be struggling.

Helpline: 0800 068 41 41 (Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; Weekends 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Bank Holidays 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm)


Bereavement Support

Grief Encounter

Supporting bereaved children and young people.  Their helpline, grieftalk, can be contacted from 9am-9pm Monday- Friday. 

Telephone: 0808 802 0111



Winston’s Wish

Freephone National Helpline (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Telephone: 08088 020 021


Cruse (Bereavement Care) Helpline

The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (open until 8pm).

Telephone:  0808 808 1677


Useful Apps


Stay Alive  

Stay alive is a free suicide prevention app that helps its users to stay safe from acting on their thoughts of suicide. Downloading this app means that the help and information someone may need when managing thoughts of suicide is easily accessible, helping them to stay safe.


Calm Harm

This app can be used to help the user manage urges to self-harm.  It's a private app and can be password protected.  The help and advice provides suggestions of 5-15 minute categorised activities that can help the user 'ride the wave' of an urge to self-harm. The user is signposted to resources that the app determines may be helpful. These suggestions are based on the users answers to questions about what triggered their urge to self-harm.


Bridge Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 07663795.

Registered Office: Community Building, Bridge Academy Trust, Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9DZ.

Tel: 01245 202 937