There may be times in a young person’s life when they need a bit of extra support. Growing up brings its own worries, and young people may experience difficulties at school, at home, or as a result of changing family circumstances. Listed below are some services that offer support, counselling, advice and practical help. You can always talk to one of our experienced Youth Workers who will be happy to sign-post you to a relevant service.

Types of help:

Emotional support: organisations that will listen to you, give you time to talk about how you’re feeling in a caring and non-judgemental way

Counselling: trained professionals that you can talk to about specific problems that trouble you and be listened to in a way that helps you understand yourself better, including your thoughts, feelings and behaviour

Advice: Organisations that can give you information and options to recommend what you could do in your situation

Practical help: services or people who find solutions or can give you things to deal directly with a situation and try to improve it

Service

Type of Help

Description

Contact Info

Childline

Emotional Support

Advice

Free 24-hour helpline for children and young people. Trained volunteer counsellors offer confidential emotional support on a variety of issues. Helpline: 0800 1111

Website: www.childline.org.uk

Email and Webchat via website

The Mix

Emotional Support

Counselling

The UK’s leading support service for young people. You can use their services via the online community, social media, or their free confidential helpline or counselling service

Helpline: 08088084994

Website: www.themix.org.uk

Kooth

Emotional Support

Counselling

Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous emotional support for children and young people. Website: www.kooth.com
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling The BACP has a database for accredited counsellors and psychotherapists. Searches can be made using various criteria such as qualifications, speciality, cost and location.

Helpline: 01455 883 300

Website: www.bacp.co.uk

Email: bacp@bacp.co.uk

Text: 01455560606

General Practitioner (GP) Counselling GPs offer access to further help and can refer people on for free counselling or therapy, as well as being able to connect people with specialist services. Website: www.nhs.uk
Youth Access

Counselling

Advice

Free youth advice and counselling throughout England. Use their online directory to find local counselling options

Website: www.youthaccess.org.uk

Email: admin@youthaccess.org.uk

Anxiety UK

Counselling

Advice

A helpline offering advice and support. They also have a list of self-help groups based across the country, which can be found on their website. Paid counselling options are also available Helpline: 08444775775

03332125820

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Email: support@anxiety.org.uk

Webchat: via website

Text: 07537 416 905

NHS Choices Advice Offers information and advice of physical and mental health, treatments and support services. Website: www.nhs.uk
Rethink Mental Illness

Advice

Practical Help

Provides practical advice and information about mental health as well as signposts to local services.

They can give practical and general help on issues too.

Helpline: 0300 304 7000

Website: www.rethink.org

Email: via website

SANE

Emotional Support

Advice

Practical Help

Provides emotional support, practical help and information. The website also has an interactive forum.

Helpline: 0300 304 7000

Website: www.sane.org.uk

Email: sanemail@sane.org.uk

Young Minds

Practical Help Provides expert knowledge to professionals, parents and youth people

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Email: via website

Minds Matter

Counselling

Practical Help

Free psychological services Website: https://www.lscft.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter
Mind

Advice

Emotional Support

 

Provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Website: https://www.mind.org.uk/
Infoline on 0300 123 3393

Email: info@mind.org.uk.