Young people's mental health and well being
Barnet Integrated Clinical Service (BICS)
We offer social, emotional, behavioural and mild to moderate mental health support to children, young people and families within Barnet.
Refer a child or young person to us if you are concerned about a child or young person’s social, emotional, behavioural or mild to moderate mental health.
We see children, young people and families in schools and in the community.
Barnet Integrated Clinical Service delivery during COVID-19
How to refer your child to BICS
All referrals can be made via Universal Plus Form
Social difficulties may include:
- friendships issues
- peer relationship difficulties
- social anxiety
- family relationship difficulties
- persistent difficulties managing relationships
- isolation/struggling to go out
Emotional difficulties may include:
- disturbed by traumatic event
- problems in attachment to parent/carer
- gender discomfort issues
- difficulty in managing temper/anger
- emotional regulation
Behavioural difficulties may include:
- poor eye contact
- repetitive problematic behaviours
- difficulties sitting still or concentrating
- verbal or physical aggression/defiance
- toileting concerns
- eating issues
- unexplained physical symptoms
- restrictive or ritualistic behaviours
- disturbed sleep or sleep issues
- self-care issues
- school refusing difficulties
Mental health difficulties may include:
- obsessions and compulsions
- panic attacks
- self-harm behaviours
Information and advice
Advice to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the Coronavirus outbreak. There is also advice for adults to look after their own mental health.
The World health organisation has produced a guide to doing what matters in times of stress
Mental health and well-being podcast episodes
We have a new podcast series to support resident’s well-being, brought to you by BICS. These free podcasts cover a variety of themes and helpful psychological strategies you can use whilst moving out of lockdown.
- Wellbeing: It's good for your Mental Health podcast
The theme of this episode is about caring for yourselves and your families whilst living and transitioning out of lockdown.
- Staying well in Barnet: managing relationship challenges
In this episode, we will be talking about managing relationship challenges in the family as part of adapting to the gradual lifting of lockdown
View the exercise featured in our podcast:
- Exam Results: Staying well in Barnet
This episode explores what emotions young people may experience due to the release of exam results for A-Levels and GCSEs.
- Ability over Disability: Staying well in Barnet
Talking about how lockdown has been for those parents whose children present with neurodevelopmental conditions such as ASD or ADHD.
View advice from a mum of a child with Autism:
- What does mental health mean to you: Staying well in Barnet
In this episode, we will be talking about mental health and wellbeing and what this means to us personally and as professionals. We will share our experiences of coping over the second lockdown and invite you to think about yours.
- Emotions & Anxiety: Staying Well in Barnet podcast
In this episode we talk about the role of emotions during this unprecedented time and how this can influence our wellbeing and anxiety. We share 4 elements - empowerment, appreciation, support and health - that you can use to nurture your life and to relieve and manage anxiety.
In this episode, we will be talking about the emotion anger, why we might notice increased angry feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic and sharing some strategies to help manage. Please feel free to visit our Young people's mental health and well being page for more information on our spring groups and workshops and other resources. If you have any questions or queries or/and you would like to share with us your experience, please feel free to contact us at BICS@barnet.gov.uk
Disclaimer: If your angry outbursts can be violent or abusive, this can cause serious problems in your life and relationships and can be very damaging to the people around you. In this case, it's essential to seek professional support.
Where to listen to our podcast
The audio for each episode will be available on several podcast platforms. Search for BICS Wellbeing - It's good for your Mental Health' in your podcast app and download the audio to your device.
Visit our Anchor podcast page to find out more.
The podcast is available on other platforms:
Free workshops for children, young people, parents/carers and professionals
Barnet Integrated Clinical Service (BICS; CYP and families mild to moderate mental health services) are offering a series of free summer and autumn workshops for children, young people, parents/carers and professionals.
Workshops for parents/carers
Workshops for children and young people
To register your interest of a group or workshop, please email BICSGroups@barnet.gov.uk
Let us know why you’re referring and someone will get in touch with you to discuss with more details. Our pre-recorded workshops as well as lots of other useful information about supporting young people during the pandemic is available here.
Together with Barnet Council, our commitment is to treat each other fairly, with respect and understanding, and to provide equal access to quality services for all Barnet communities. Central to this vision is our active stance against any forms of discrimination encountered by members of public, service users and our employees.