Resources: Young people

beat: Beating Eating Disorders

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity providing information and support for people with eating disorders. Their services include Helplines, Message Boards, and Online Support Groups. Their website also has a services directory, information on local support groups as well as the regional support projects they run.

Helpline for adults and Youthline for under 25’s

BullyingUK

Bullying UK is a national website which gives advice and information to anyone who is being bullied in any way.

Carers’ Support Centre

The Carers Centre is a local charity supporting people who care for family and friends. They offer expert advice, breaks from caring, emotional support and understanding. All services are free. CarersLine helpline for carers also available.

ChildLine

ChildLine offers a confidential helpline on a wide range of issues that affect children and young people.

Freedom Youth

Freedom Youth is a fun, safe, inclusive and supportive project for those aged 13-19 years, where you can meet other lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or questioning young people. It’s open to anyone questioning their sexuality or gender – no labels applied! As well as groups, the Freedom staff offer one-to-one support and signposting, including to Off The Record’s in-house LGBTQ counsellors. The service is operated by Off The Record.

Gender Jelly

A monthly safe space for young people (13-25 years old) who might be questioning their gender identity, or who identify on the trans spectrum, to talk about gender and what it means to them. Sessions are workshop based and provide support, information and signposting.

Get Connected

Get Connected is the UK’s free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help but don’t know where to turn. It could be anything from a listening ear to somewhere safe to stay for the night.

Help Counselling (9-25yrs)

Help Counselling offers help to distressed young people in a confidential setting. With services available from as little as £3, Help Counselling work with both parents and children to support young people in all aspects of their life.

Mermaids

Mermaids provides a helpline aimed at supporting transgender youth up to and including the age of 19, their families and professionals working with them. The helpline offers emotional support, a gateway to the parents and teens forums, information about current legislation and protections under the law, plus signposting to training and resources.

MindShift

MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety and to change how you think about anxiety. The app will help you learn to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking and identify active steps… Read more

Muslim Youth Helpline

Offer a free and confidential service offering support to vulnerable youth in need. Common issues range from relationships, mental health concerns, sexual abuse and religious issues. MYH prides itself on its non-judgemental ethos, in-line with their non-judgemental ethos they treat all enquiries seriously and do not turn away any person in need, regardless of religious background.

Network Youth

Youth counselling available to anyone 11 years or above. No fixed fees, clients are asked to make a donation if they are able to do so.

Off The Record: Bristol

Off the Record provides free confidential, self-referral specialist information, advice, informal support and counselling for young people in Bristol, aged 11 – 25. Appointments can be arranged through the helpline or via email.

Papyrus

Papyrus helpline HOPElineUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling and to anyone who is concerned about a young person.

Safeline

for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Helpline, texting service, online live chat and specialist men’s and young people’s lines.

The Bridge Foundation

The Bridge Foundation provides a range of psychoanalytic and counselling services for children, young people, adults, parents and families – giving support to anyone experiencing emotional difficulty or trouble.

The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society is a children’s charity dedicated to creating a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. They are Christian charity committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including safeguarding children in care and young runaways.

YMCA

The YMCA are a leading christian organisation committed to supporting young people times of need. They offering accommodation, family work, health and well-being support as well as various other advice lines.

YoungMinds

YoungMinds is a national charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all children and young people under 25. They offer advice, training, campaigning and various publications.

They also have a parents’ helpline for parents worried about their children.