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The Emotional Impact of Childhood Cancer

To create online support services to allow families struggling to cope with Childhood Cancer to engage with others to improve mental health outcomes. We're planning a family information forum, for teenagers via a Chatbot and also peer groups for children aged 12+ supported by health professionals.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1141704)

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Championed by The Hospital Saturday Fund


  • CancerCancer
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom


76% of families report children with anxiety disorders & we're experiencing an unprecedented surge in demand. Families talk about 'feeling trapped', experiencing panic attacks, increased OCD, irrational fears & stress disorders. Key issues: Only 1 in 3 children with a diagnosable mental health condition get access to treatment 75% believe their child's mental health deteriorated while waiting for support from CAMHS. 48% of those diagnosed self harmed We need to address the challenges


1. Video Support: Our support professionals will offer both individual & peer group support sessions via Zoom. The group sessions will cover the impact of mental health issues for adolescents living with cancer. 2. Create a Chatbot: The key purpose is to offer short, quick info on what teenagers need to know. If more info is needed it will provide useful links. 3. We plan to create a Live Chat to allow chat for families and especially those with children with complex special needs.

  • Alliance with teenagers 'who understood' is the strongest protection against depression

    — Adolescent Support Group

  • When childhood cancer and depression are linked one disease complicates the management of the other

    — Mental Health Professional