Resources: Young people

Al-Anon Family & Alateen

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or a part of their lives. Alateen meetings are specifically for those age 12-17 who have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Beat

The UK’s eating disorder charity, Beat provide information and support. Services include online support groups, one to one webchat, and dedicated helplines for adults, young people, and students.

BullyingUK

Bullying UK is a national website, operated by family lives, which gives advice and information to people of any age who are being bullied.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. They provide support nationally through a helpline and a webchat.

ChildLine

ChildLine is a free and confidential service operated by the NSPCC. Support is available for UK residents under 19 years of age by phone (0800 1111), online, or by email, with Welsh language and BSL counsellors also available. The website also provides a range of resources for young people.

Emoodji (free to use)

Emoodji by Mind is a free app for the ups & downs of university life, from exam stress & homesickness to the joys of last exams done! Take a selfie or photo, choose the right emoji for your mood and… Read more

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Directory Online

Following feedback from stakeholders, in June this year NHS Bristol CCG launched a newly developed online directory of local and national services and resources. This is for children and young people, their families as well as a wide range of… Read more

FRANK

Find out everything you need to know about drugs, their effects and the law. Talk to FRANK for facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol today.

  • A website
  • A confidential telephone number (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Text service
  • Email service
  • A confidential live chat service,(available from 2pm-6pm daily)
  • A service to locate counselling and treatment

Freedom Youth

Freedom Youth is a fun, safe, inclusive and supportive project for those aged 13-25 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.

HappyMaps

Worried about your child’s behaviour or mental health? Not sure where to start looking for help? HappyMaps will guide you to websites, books, videos and Apps to help you and your child, plus there is information on being referred for specialist help, how to find counselling and support for parents.

Funded by Health Education England and supported by Bristol Mind, HappyMaps is designed to help parents find helpful and reliable resources on behaviour and mental health for their children – from babies and children to young adults. These resources include websites, videos, books, Apps and helplines. We hope this will be really useful for parents whose children don’t meet the specialist referral thresholds or are perhaps on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting list. There is good general national information and also local information on counselling, charities, local CAMHS and parenting groups for the South-West.

Health Talk (Young People’s Experiences)

At Health Talk you can find information and support for a range of health issues by seeing and hearing people’s real life experiences. Thousands of people have shared their experiences on film to help you understand what it’s really like… Read more

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.

Hillfields Counselling Service

Hillfields Family and Community Trust offers low cost counselling services to anyone who has become a parent under the age of 25, as well as the children of young parents, no matter their current age.

Based in the Hillfields Community Hub in Fishponds, they provide individual, one-hour, humanistic counselling sessions at an agreed time once a week. Sessions start at £10.

Although you may want to explore issues relating to pregnancy, parenthood or being the child of a young parent, all issues are welcome. All Hillfields therapists are members of the BACP and adhere to their professional standards and ethical framework.

Please contact Claire on 07765 361 070 or at clairewirsig@gmail.com for an informal chat or to arrange an initial appointment.

Kooth

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

  • Chat to counsellors
  • Read articles written by young people
  • Get support from the Kooth community
  • Write in a daily journal

LOTTY – Helpline for Young People

Learning Partnership West has set up a free confidential text and online support service called LOTTY for young people in Bristol aged between 11 and 25. Young people can text confidentially on 07786 20 20 40, contact us on Facebook… Read more

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 (free to use)

Struggling with anxiety? Tired of missing out? There are things you can do to stop anxiety and fear from controlling your life. MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you… 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 Counselling

Network Counselling offers affordable counselling in a welcoming, safe and confidential space where people can be listened to, accepted and understood. Counselling is available to anyone from the age of 16.

Off The Record: Bristol

OTR isn’t just a charity providing mental health services, it’s a mental health movement mobilised to support, promote and defend the mental health, rights and social position of young people! We offer counselling in Central Bristol, and Yate.

We also offer a whole range of other services,including but not limited to projects and social action, nature works, and inspiration works which covers our creative side of the service. Examples of these are, Book club, Mindfulness, and Bristol meet ups, as well as our allotment.

We are a self referral service so you can either sign up online, or come to one of our hubs.

On My Mind

On My Mind aims to empower young people to make informed choices about the mental health support they want, the treatments they receive and the outcomes they desire.

It contains information, advice and resources to help young people support their own mental health, including signposting to sources of support in times of crisis and tools to help young people manage their own wellbeing.

The free digital resources are designed for use by children and young people between the ages of 10 – 25. These may be young people who are thinking about looking for support, who may be receiving or waiting to receive support or for those the traditional offer does not appeal to or has not worked for and who want help and information about self-managing their own mental health and wellbeing.

PAPYRUS

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

They provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK.

PAPYRUS HOPELINE UK

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.

  • For children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide
  • For anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide

Reasons2 (free to use)

Reasons2 is a free app designed by Young People and Washington Mind to help improve mental health. The app will allow people to: • Manage their mental wellness by building their own profile of Reasons2 feel better. • Upload pictures… Read more

Safeline

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

StepFinder (free to use)

Got a problem, need local help? StepFinder pin-points your nearest local support service and shows you how to get there using your phone. It shows you tips and recommendations from other young people so you know what to expect when… Read more

Teenagers with Experience

We are an online organisation set up by teenagers, for teenagers.
We aim to help teenagers with problems that fit into our four main categories through our own experience, what we learnt from it and how we may have coped.
​We hope that by reading our experiences and advice we can help in any way possible! Feel free to email us regarding applying to write for TWE, complaints, advice or anything else you can think of!

TESS – Text and Email Support Service

Run by Self Injury Support, TESS is a text and email service for women and girls in the UK affected by self-harm. The text service is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 19:00-21:30. Text: 07537 432 444 (texts cost… Read more

The Bridge

The Bridge is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre and they offer medical care, emotional and psychological support, and practical help to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

It doesn’t matter when you were assaulted, where it happened or who did it – we’ll listen to your experience and help you to get the support you choose.

Free and confidential advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year via their helpline:  0117 342 6999

The Bridge Foundation

Leaders in Child and Family Mental Health The Bridge Foundation is a Bristol-based charity that provides accessible, high quality clinical services to a wide range of individuals, professionals and commissioners. Since our formation in 1983, we have grown into a… Read more

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.

Women’s Self Injury Helpline

Self Injury Helpline – 0808 800 8088 (freephone from landlines and most mobile networks) Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 19:00-21:30 Run by Self Injury Support, the self injury helpline is for women of any age or background affected by self-injury, whether… Read more

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 the age of 25. They offer advice, training, campaigning and various publications.

They also have lots of information for parents who may be worried about a child or young person’s behaviour or mental health, a Parents Helpline for parents worried about their children, and a text service (YoungMinds Crisis Messenger) for young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Youth Refugee Choir

Do you enjoy singing? Are you a refugee or asylum seeker aged 16-30 years? Do you want to support refugees by joining a choir? Singing sessions are being held every Saturday, from 11:00-12:30 at the Bristol Cathedral Choir School. For… Read more