There is a range of support available for mental health and wellbeing for children and young people across the National Health Service, local authorities, education and the voluntary and independent sector. The extent of drop-in support on a self-referral basis is a matter for local commissioners across those sectors. Some local areas may commission digital services as part of their children and young people mental health pathway. This may include alternative forms of provision for those in crisis, such as sanctuaries, safe havens and crisis cafes which can provide a more suitable alternative to accident and emergency departments. Subject to local commissioning arrangements, this may include 'digital drop ins' as part of their service.
We have also established local 24 hours a day, seven days a week NHS urgent mental health lines to provide help, advice and support, including for children and young people.