"I’ve been more happy and I’ve got someone to talk to once a week about what’s been going on and how things are changing. I’ve got someone that listens to me and understands what’s happening and it feels nice that someone actually understands me for once. HeadStart sessions have helped me to find things that make me feel happy, to make friends and to feel less anxious around people."

Tom, 13

What is HeadStart?

It’s a partnership programme, led by Cornwall Council and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, which develops resilience and mental wellbeing in young people.

We deliver the community strand of the programme under Your Way, focusing on preventing the onset of mental ill health.

Our offer

We’ll directly support you whether you’re a young person aged 10-16, parent, carer, volunteer or community group through our Youth and Community Facilitators.

Our Youth Facilitators will support you with your mental health and emotional wellbeing whilst our Community Facilitators will provide you with links in your community, training and advice around mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Direct support

Directly supporting you with your emotional health and wellbeing

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Community Support

Providing you links with in your community

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HeadStart Kernow

Information about the wider HeadStart Kernow project

Let's Chat

Kooth, from XenZone is a free online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. Their Online services are available Monday-Friday 12pm-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 4pm-10pm

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Need help now?

We are NOT an emergency or crisis service. If you need to speak to someone urgently call your GP/family doctor!


Childline up to 19yrs : 0800 1111
The Samaritans: 116 123
In an emergency go to A&E or call 999

If you are concerned about the safety of a child or young person please contact the Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116 (01208 251300 out of hours), or the Police.