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Information for young people

Are you looking for someone to talk to about how you're feeling? Want to read up on a particular mental health issue such as depression or anxiety? Struggling to understand bills and worried about falling into debt? 

Our information and advice pages hopefully have what you need. If we don't, we'll show you who can.

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Emotional health and well-being

Looking after our well-being is important. Staying emotionally healthy means we're better able to deal with life's challenges.

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Local services

Our services across the country have professionals ready to listen to how you're feeling. After talking things through and getting some advice, you'll be in a better place to make the changes you want to see

We cover a range of issues. If you're living with an alcohol-dependent parent, feeling too anxious to leave the house, stressed at school, worried about getting mixed up in drugs, we will work with you to get through it. 

If you are a young person already in our services and have some feedback then let us know.

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Find support

We understand you may have more than one thing going on in your life at the moment but tell us what's worrying you and we will find what help is available. 

If you can't find what you are looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

Find a service (logic)
What is worrying you?
I'm worried about my mental health and well-being.
I'm worried about my or someone else's substance use.
I'm worried I'm in an unhealthy relationship, getting into dangerous activities or someone has harmed me.
I'm thinking about running away or worried someone I know has gone or might go missing.
I'm worried I'm being treated unfairly and I want my voice to be heard.
I'm a young carer and want to know what support is available
You may also select one of the options above if you have a GP in the area but no longer live there. 

BEAM Sandwell

We are an emotional health and well-being drop-in service for young people aged 5-18 (or up to 25 if you're a care leaver or looked after child) who are registered with a GP in Sandwell.

Our aim is to help you boost your resilience as well as develop coping skills for when life presents challenges.

Request a session or find out more about accessing BEAM Sandwell

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

BEAM Shropshire, Telford, Wrekin

We are an emotional health and well-being drop-in service for anyone up to the age of 25 who are registered with a GP in Shropshire, Telford or Wrekin.

Our aim is to help you boost your resilience as well as develop coping skills for when life presents challenges.

Request a session or find out more about accessing BEAM Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

Pause, Birmingham

Pause is a well-being drop-in service for anyone under the age of 25 with a Birmingham GP.

Pause is a safe space where you can talk about anything that is worrying or upsetting you. You may want to talk about school, friendships, family, or maybe about feeling anxious or sad. We will listen and introduce techniques to help you manage how you are feeling.

Request a session or find out more about accessing Pause, Birmingham.

Pause, University of Birmingham

If you are a student at the University of Birmingham, aged 17-24, then our Pause well-being drop-in can help. 

Our professional team of therapists offer support and advice with anything that may be troubling you, both in face to face drop-in sessions across campus and on the phone.

Request a session or find out more about accessing Pause, University of Birmingham.

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

EYPDAS

Essex Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service supports young people under 25 who are affected by drug and alcohol use. Whether it is you or someone in your family that is addicted to drugs or alcohol, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Find out more about accessing EYPDAS

CHHAT

Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team is for young people aged 8-19 who live with parents with alcohol or drug addiction. We offer one-to-one advice, activity days, group support - it depends on your needs.

Find out more about accessing CHHAT

Family Support Group

If you are over 18 and dealing with drug use, we deliver family support groups and one-to-one sessions that can help empower you to make positive changes for you, your friends and your family. 

Find out more about accessing our Family Support Group

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

Safe in Essex

Safe in Essex helps young people aged 8-19 who engage in low level, risky behaviour and haven't been involved in government services. 

We go to schools and run group sessions. Our programmes last six weeks and we work with you to identify issues such as anger management, healthy relationships, online safety and more.

Find out more about accessing Safe in Essex

C.A.R.E.

Children at Risk of Exploitation supports young people aged 8-24 who are at risk of criminal or sexual exploitation. It's for those who don't want, or can't talk to government services - local authority, social workers, the police or school about the exploitation you've experienced.

Find out more about accessing C.A.R.E.

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

CheckPoint

We provide advice and support to young people aged 8–17 with a range of issues. Our drop in sessions in Torbay are safe spaces where you can come along without an appointment and chat to someone.

We can also talk to parents or carers if you’d like us to. We can show them how to understand your behaviours and how to help you.

Call us on 01803 290330 or find out more about accessing CheckPoint

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

CheckPoint

If you are aged 8-17 and affected by drug and alcohol use – yours or someone else’s – we can support you, keep you safe.

We won’t force you to give up. We are here to help you reduce how much you’re using, understand the side effects, and make the changes you want in your life.

Call us on 01803 290330 or find out more about accessing CheckPoint

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

CheckPoint

If you are aged 8-17 and affected by exploitation or abuse, we are here to listen and help you move forwards. 

We work with you and your families to improve understanding of sexual exploitation, grooming and abusive relationships. We support you to develop your own methods for staying strong and safe.

Call us on 01803 290330 or find out more about accessing CheckPoint

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

CheckPoint - Advocates

If you are looked after by Torbay Children’s Services or on a child protection plan, and are aged 8-18, you have the right to an advocate. 

This is someone to help look after your rights, so you have a say in decisions that affect your life.

Call us on 01803 290330 or find out more about accessing CheckPoint.

CheckPoint - Independent Visitors

If you are a child in care and aged 8-18, you could get an Independent Visitor. 

This is an adult you can talk to, trust and build a friendship with. They'll listen and support you to be the person you want to be.

Call us on 01803 290330 or find out more about accessing CheckPoint.

If you can't find a service listed here, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

 

Missing helplines

If you're thinking of running away, are currently missing or being forced to leave home, you should talk to an adult you trust - an aunt, grandparent, friend's parents.

There are also helplines to help you talk about your problems and get good advice without feeling judged.   

Call the Missing People helpline on 116 000 if you're thinking of running away or know someone who has run away. It's free, confidential and available 24/7.

Call Childline on 0800 1111 if you're under 18 and want to talk about something that's worrying you. You can also call the Samaritans on 116 123.

If you're looking for local help, find your local council's website and contact your local social services team.

If you're in danger or need emergency help, call the police on 999. 

Young carer nationwide projects

Are you caring for someone and need to talk to someone? Young carer projects can offer advice, connect you with other young carers and arrange breaks from your caring responsibilities.

Find your nearest young carer project using our young carer service finder.

Young carer advice

Our advice section has useful information for carers in schools, carers managing money, carers looking after alcohol dependent parents and much more. 

Find advice for young carers

Advocacy support

We don't have a service in your area but the National Youth Advocacy Service can help get your voice heard. 

Call them on 0808 808 1001 or find out how they can help you by visiting the NYAS website.

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

Manchester Resolve

We support young people aged 8-18 years old who live in Manchester and are affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Through one-to-one counselling, we teach you coping strategies and help you build your emotional resilience.

Email us or call 0161 633 5991

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

Rochdale Resolve

We support young people aged 5-18 years old who live in Rochdale and are affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Through one-to-one counselling, we teach you coping strategies and help you build your emotional resilience.

Email us or call 0161 633 5991

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

Rochdale Resolve

We support young people aged 5-18 years old who live in Rochdale and are affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Through one-to-one counselling, we teach you coping strategies and help you build your emotional resilience.

Email us or call 0161 633 5991

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

Next Generation

We support young people up to 18 years old who live in Nottingham and are affected by exploitation, substance use, domestic violence or other disadvantage. 

Through one to one sessions, we help you access specialist services, engage in education, employment or training, pursue hobbies and interests, and get your voice heard. 

Email us or call 0115 900 3106

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

Cheshire Children's Rights

This is an advocacy service for children under the care of Cheshire East and Cheshire West. We support children in care up to the age of 18 and care leavers up to the age of 21. 

Our advocates work with you one to one to get your voice heard and raise the issues which are causing you concern

Email us or call 0161 763 2170

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

Nottinghamshire advocacy

This is an advocacy service for children under the care of Nottingham City. We support children in care up to the age of 18 and care leavers up to the age of 21. 

Our advocates work with you one to one to get your voice heard and raise the issues which are causing you concern

Email us or call 0115 900 3106

If this isn't what you're looking for, see our list of helplines that offer free and confidential advice.

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Advice hub

Are you confused about bills? Thinking of running away? Worried you may be in an unhealthy relationship? Our advice pages have information you can trust, which help make sense of your situation.

Need urgent support?

A mental health crisis is an emergency that has a direct and immediate threat to your physical or emotional well-being. In these situations, it's important to get help quickly.

Try to stay calm and ask someone for help if you need it. It could help to tell someone you trust, maybe a family member or a friend. They can be with you and help you decide what to do. They can also contact services on your behalf.

If there is any immediate risk to life, contact the emergency services by calling 999.

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