Hospital Buddies is provided by Mind in Bradford and is part of the Youth in Mind partnership.

How can Hospital Buddies support me?

Hospital Buddies supports children and young people on the children’s wards and in A&E at Bradford Royal Infirmary and Airedale General Hospital. Support is available seven days a week and there is no referral process.

Wellbeing Workers on the wards can support children and young people with a range of issues including:

  • anxiety around an operation
  • coming to terms with a chronic health diagnosis
  • mental health admissions
  • experiencing mental health distress 

Who can access this service?

This service is delivered in partnership with the hospital ward staff and CAMHS to ensure children and young people get the best care whilst in hospital. 

Any child or young person aged 5-19 who are admitted to hospital at Bradford Royal Infirmary or Airedale General can access this service.

How to access this service

Speak to member of the ward staff to access support from Hospital Buddies. 

Feedback on Hospital Buddies

Talking to you has given me hope that this is not forever, and I will be out of here soon. 

Young person

Helps me to find confidence to reach out to professionals for support.

Young person

Been helpful to talk about my anxiety and hospital irritability.

Young person

Just chatting to someone so I am not alone all day.

Young person

Out of hours helplines

Here are some local helplines and live chat services for children, young people, parents and carers that you can use right away.

Safe Spaces

Children and young people can call First Response to be referred to Safe Spaces for in-person or telephone crisis support. 

24 hr helpline

Call First Response on 08009 521 181 


Confidential and emotional support line for all-ages. Or call to be referred to Safe Spaces.

8am – midnight

Call us on 08001 884 884 or chat online.

Night OWLS

For children, young people, their parents and carers, living in West Yorkshire

8pm – 8am

Call 0800 1488 244 or Text 07984 392700


Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.

It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors.

Kooth website

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