Children & young people support
Listed below are some helplines and websites where children and young people can get information, advice and support. There are also specialist helplines which deal with specific issues e.g. eating disorders, abuse, sexuality, drugs, self harm, bullying, bereavement, etc. and for these click on the menu button for that particular problem.
AMH New Life Counselling (N.Ireland)
028 9039 1630
AMH New Life Counselling is a professionally accredited counselling service and part of Action for Mental Heath. It is committed to supporting the emotional health and well being needs of its clients through counselling and therapeutic services to children, young people, adults and families.
0800 023 2033
Help, support and advice to children in care and young care leavers so that they can unleash their potential and take control of their lives.
Brook Young People's Information Service:
Information, support and signposting service for young people under 25 on sexual health. Also run a confidential enquiry service via the Brook website . Details of local services available via text message (see website for details). Centres throughout the UK offering free contraception, pregnancy testing and counselling.
Emotional support for children and young people on issues relating to child abuse, bullying etc.
Common Youth: (Area served N.Ireland)
028 90 32 8866 (Belfast)
Free confidential sexual health advice for under 25s.
0808 800 5792
Telephone advice, information and advocacy services for children in care. Visiting advocacy service for children in secure units and other residential homes.
Eighteen and Under
Support, information and helpline for young people under 18 who have experienced any type of abuse.
(Area served: Scotland)
020 7008 0151
Enter Forced Marriages into search bar at top of site - Service provided by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to protect young people from forced marriages abroad. Service offers help to young people in these circumstances to help get them back to the UK.
Listening Works: national support line for Care leavers provided by Family Action
Tel: 0808 802 0222
Text: 07860 065 169
Live Web Chat
7 days a week 6pm until midnight
Contact Listening Works if you are feeling isolated or anxious about what is happening in the world or you just need someone to talk to.
For urgent crisis support text FAMILYACTION to 85258 (service delivered in partnership with SHOUT)
Muslim Youth Helpline:
0808 808 2008 (Area served London)
Helpline providing culturally sensitive support to Muslim youth under the age of 25. Outreach services including family mediation, face to face counselling and befriending.
National Youth Advocacy Service:
0808 808 1001
Provides information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to young people up to 25 through a network of advocates through England and Wales.
National Citizen Service is a way for 15 to 17 year olds living in England and Northern Ireland to make new friendships, learn new skills and create unforgettable memories. NCS takes place outside of term time in the Spring, Summer and Autumn and involves outdoor activities, staying away from home, learning life skills, personal skills, leadership, communication. Fee of £50 or less depending on circumstances and provider.
Runaway Helpline is here if you are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, or if you have been away and come back.You can also contact the Helpline if you are worried that someone else is going to run away or if they are being treated badly or abused.You can call or text for free, 24 hours a day. It's all confidential.
Helpline: 116 123
24hr service offering emotional support.
The Care Leavers Association:
0161 826 0214
The Care Leavers Association is a national user led charity aimed at improving the lives of care leavers of all ages. They bring together the voices and experiences of care leavers to support care leavers of all ages, improve the current care system and change for the better society's perception of people in care. The Care Leavers Association work with individuals through specific projects, campaign, lobby and advocate for change at all levels of government and provide training and awareness for a range of organisations.
A dedicated space for young people with epilepsy. Find life hacks, share experiences, get answers.
The Child Law Advice Service
Provides legal advice and information on areas of child, family and education law. To access this advice and information please visit www.childlawadvice.org.uk and follow the link to the Child Law Advice Service where you will be able to view a range of factsheets and how to guides. Should you have clarifying questions following your visit to their website, their helpline number is available at the end of each factsheet. The helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
0808 808 4994
Essential support for under 25s. Phone, Email, Web support and Counselling.
www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team/crisis-messenger - The Mix's Crisis Messenger text service is available 24/7 and open to anyone aged 25 or under living in the UK.
If you're in crisis and need to talk, text THEMIX to 85258
The OLLIE Foundation
A charity dedicated to delivering suicide awareness. Providing confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. Helping others to prevent young suicide by delivering a number of training programmes. Delivering online weekly mental health support sessions open and free to all young people.
The Childrens and Young People's Epilepsy Charity
www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/advice - Advice and information on wide range of issues including bullying, sex and relationships, drink and drugs, body and mind
www.catch-22.org.uk - work in 150 towns and cities supporting young people with tough lives and facing difficult situations, programmes help to develop a young person’s confidence and skills. Work covers substance misuse, family support, health and well being, education and training including apprenticeships, offender rehabilitation, community activities leaving care and advisory service, housing services.
Calm Harm free app provides tasks to help you manage the urge to Self Harm
Catch It free app - Making Sense of your Moods
www.childnet.com - Site aimed at children and young people with advice on staying safe online, online games, chatrooms, email and mobile phones
www.depressioninteenagers.co.uk - An interactive site with resources for young people with depression using self help ideas and relaxation techniques
Understanding what healthy relationships are and what is not acceptable in a relationship
www.divorceaid.co.uk - If you have concerns and fears relating to your parents divorce click on ‘Child Aid’ button at top of home page and then go to the Child or Teenager section as appropriate.
www.docready.org - Helps young people get ready for the first time visiting a doctor to discuss mental health. Digital tools aimed at ensuring young people get the most out of their appointment with the doctor.
Giving children the tools to cope with risky situations
website for young people with information about mental health medication, site owned and managed by national charity Young Minds.
www.hopesupport.org.uk - If you are aged 11+ and a close family member has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness, you can access safe online support in a way that suits you.
www.kidshealth.org - Has a teens section dealing with issues like body image, sexual health, drugs, alcohol etc
for information relating to drink and drugs
Good information on how to manage anger, section for young people and children
Oasis, the NHS Community Mental Health Team in London have developed this site which is aimed at young people 14-35 years who are struggling with unusual experiences like hearing voices or feeling paranoid. Although some of the contact information is relevant to the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon, or Lewisham, the general information provided would be helpful for anyone struggling with these issues.
www.nightline.ac.uk - Trained student volunteers provide emotional support to students. Operating in the night when many other university services are closed.
Nightstop is a charity service which provides emergency accommodation for young people aged 16-25 experiencing homelessness, in the homes of community volunteers.
www.shelter.org.uk - Shelter also provides information and advice to young people
A mental health charity for teenagers with lots of advice and support on issues such as self harm, addictions, eating disorders, depression
Site contains excellent information and help for anyone feeling depressed
The UK's student mental health charity. Peer support, Positive Minds Course, Eating difficulty groups.
www.thebrightsidetrust.org - Sometimes the only thing standing in the way of a young person achieving their education or career ambitions is a lack of information or support.
Online mentoring – getting advice and support from someone who is where you want to be, whether that's at university or in a certain career, is invaluable. We make this happen through online mentoring – structured and supported online contact with a mentor who can help young people work out where they want to go in life and how they can get there.
Online resources – there's an overwhelming amount of information on careers, finance and education. Knowing where to go and what to trust is hard. We make it easy. Our online information resources cover everything you might need to know.
www.thestudentroom.co.uk - The largest student community in the world. Discuss anything - universities, health, relationships, lifestyle, finance, careers, jobs, and more.
www.youthaccess.org.uk – Online information on local youth information, advice, counseling and support services
Click on Young People tab at top.
Collection of interviews with young people about their experience of health or illness. You can watch videos, listen to audio or read interviews
For specific issues please see the A to Z index.
The Will Garvey Trust Foundation (WTF) was set up by the parents of Will Garvey, a young man who at the age of 20 died by suicide. The Trust Foundation raises awareness of suicide and mental health with their central mantra based on the slogan W.T.F. - Why Talking Fixes. The Foundation focuses primarily on young people 13-25 years and their support communities but they hope and intend that their resources and activities will be of relevance to anyone looking for support.
- Problems A-Z
- Anger Management
- Anti social behaviour
- Armed Services and Ex Services
- Autism / Aspergers
- Bereavement Pets
- Bullying - Cyber Bullying
- Bullying at school
- Bullying in the workplace
- Child abuse
- Child abuse - Survivors
- Complementary medicine
- Coronavirus - COVID 19
- Debt / Finance
- Domestic Abuse
- Eating Disorders - Anorexia and Bulimia
- Ethnic Minority Groups
- Exam stress
- Forced Marriages
- Gender Identity
- Hate Crime
- Homeless / Runaways
- Internet Safety
- Learning Disability
- Legal Advice
- Live your dreams
- Mental Health
- Offenders & Family Support
- Older People
- Parents (Talking To)
- Power To Change
- Pregnancy / Infertility Support
- Rape and Sexual Assault
- Refugees / Asylum-Seekers
- Relationships / Family
- Self Esteem / Self Confidence
- Self Help
- Self injury / Self harm
- Stalking and harassment
- Support Children & Young People
- Survival Guides
- Terminal Illness
- Victim Support