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Mental Health Support

We know that sometimes you’ll need specialised help, below is a list of organisations that can offer specialist support.

Abuse

The Hideout
A website for children and young people to help them understand domestic abuse and explain how to take action if it is happening to them or to a family member.

London Survivors Gateway
The London Survivors Gateway offers victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse help to access specialist services in London.
0808 801 0860

Safeline
Safeline is a charity that provides specialist, tailored support for anyone affected by sexual abuse and rape and works to prevent CSE with children and young people at risk.
Young people’s helpline: 0808 800 5007

Refuge
A charity for women and children who are suffering or who have suffered from domestic violence.
0808 2000 247

BAME communities

BAATN
Mental health services for BAME young people. Various numbers and contacts depending on location

Voyage Youth
Voyage is a social justice charity that aims to empower marginalised black young people and their communities.

Young Minds
Young Minds offers guidance and support to young people who have experiences racism and what they can do to seek support.

Bereavement

Child Bereavement UK
Child Bereavement help children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.
0800 02 888 40

The Good Grief Trust
The Good Grief Trust provides support to young people who are experiencing grief after the death of a loved one.

Hope Again
Hope Again is part of Cruse but specially for young people, designed by young people to offer care and support to those how have suffered a loss.
0808 808 1677

Bullying

Bullying UK
Bullying UK provides support for victims of bullying, as well as their carers and schools.
0808 800 2222

National Bullying Helpline
National Bullying Helpline offers practical help and advice for children and adults dealing with bullying at school or work.
0845 22 55 787

Carers

Action for Children
Action for Children offers practical and emotional support for young carers.

Barnardos
Barnados offer practical services and emotional help to support young carers.

Young Minds
Young minds provide support and advice on how to look after yourself as a young carer.
0808 802 5544

In Care or Care Experienced

Become
Become are a charity for young people in care of young care leavers and are able to offer advice, support and guidance.
0800 023 2033

Coram Voice
Coram supports young people who are in care, leaving care, have a social worker or are in need of one. They offer practical and emotional support and are able to support you with making your voice heard.

Look Ahead
Look Ahead support young people and care leavers who for many different reasons may need extra support. They might have had problems at home, come directly from care or be escaping abuse, violence or exploitation. Others may have mental health needs, drug or alcohol issues or have offended in the past.

Disabilities

Action for Kids
Action For Kids is a charity that helps young people with physical and learning disabilities across the country find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of mobility aids, employability training and family support. 020 8347 8111

Disability Rights UK
Disability Rights UK is the leading charity of its kind in the UK, run by and for people with experience of disability or health conditions.
020 7250 8181

National Autistic Society
National Autistic Society offers an employment and training service for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who wish to work. Their aim is that people with an ASD should have the same training and employment opportunities as non-disabled people.
0808 800 4104

Divorce

Voices in the Middle
Voices in the Middle provide content on what happens when parents split up, who is involved and who you can talk to. You can also read about feelings you may be going through and how to have your voice heard.

Drink/Drugs/Addiction

NACOA
NACOA is the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. Providing information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent’s drinking

Smokefree
Smokefree is an information service for those who are serious about quitting smoking, providing kits to remain smoke free as well as support via text and email.
0800 022 4332

Talk to Frank
Talk to Frank provides information about drugs and what to do if you need help.
0300 1236600

Young Minds: drugs and alcohol
Young Minds offers help to young people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Health and Eating

BEAT
Beat Eating Disorders offer help and advise to people suffering from an eating disorder.
Youthline is 0808 801 0711 or 1:1 web chats are available

Seed
Seed Eating Disorders offers support to young people who are suffering from an eating disorder.
(01482) 718130

Housing/shelter

Centrepoint
Centrepoint support young socially excluded people, offering assistance and emergency accommodation.
0845 466 3400

DePaul
DePaul UK is the UK’s largest charity for young homeless people. The charity provides pre and post release mentoring services and hostel accommodation and resettlement support for young offenders.
0207 939 1220

Foyer
Foyer provide accommodation with opportunities for young people, and a community in which they can grow and thrive. By integrating training and job search, personal support and motivation with a place to live, they provide a bridge to independence, and a chance for young people to realise their full potential.
020 7430 2212

Shelter
Shelter have a housing advice line offering independent and confidential information, advice, advocacy and referral for anyone with housing problems.
0808 800 4444

Legal Advice

Children’s Legal Centre
Legal advice and representation for children and young people, plus information about your legal rights as a child.

LawStuff
LawStuff provides free legal information to children and young people. LawStuff is run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre, which provides more detailed information both over the phone and online.

LGBTQ+ support

Galop
Galop is an LGBT anti-violence charity that offers support and advice to invididuals who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence and domestic abuse.

Gendered Intelligence
Gendered Intelligence exist to increase understandings of gender diversity through creative ways. They work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; and they particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25.

LGBT Foundation
The LGBT Foundation, believes in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential and works to ensure LGBT voices are heard and their needs are met.
0345 330 3030

London Friend
London Friend’s aim is to improve the health and mental well-being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people (LGBT) in and around London.
020 7833 1674

Stonewall
Stonewall empowers individuals in the UK and abroad by providing them with support and advice to help tackle discrimination and hate crimes. As well as campaigning for greater equality, it has a range of research and resources to support you.
020 7593 1850

Mental Health

Calm
Calm is the Campaign Against Living Miserably and offers help and support to people suffering from mental health problems.
0800 58 58 58

Childline
Childline provides help for anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. 0800 1111

Ditch the Label
Mental health hub offering support on bullying, relationships, stress and anxiety.

Kooth
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.

Mind
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. 0208 215 2243

The Mix
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.
0808 808 4994. Online chat also available.

Muslim Youth Helpline
Muslim Youth Helpline is a charity that provides free and confidential faith and culturally sensitive support services targeted at vulnerable young people in the UK.
0808 808 2008

R U OK
R U OK guides you through conversations around mental health with people you may be concerned about.

Stem 4
Stem 4 supports positive mental health in teenagers.

Young Minds
Young Minds aims to make sure young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.
020 7089 5050

Youth Access
Youth Access is the national membership organisation for young people’s information, advice and counselling services.
020 8772 9900

Money/finances

Buttle UK
Buttle UK can provide financial help to young people who receive no support from their parents or guardians so that they can further their education or employment.

The Money Advice Service
Money Advice Service was established by the government. It offers impartial financial information.
0300 500 5000

Money Basics
Money Basics is is a partnership between Credit Action, Consumer Credit Counselling Service and GE Money. Its aim is to provide simple, clear and independent information about money.
0207 380 3390

Turn2Us
Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The Refugee Council
The Refugee Council is one of the leading charities in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees. They not only give direct help and support, but also work with asylum seekers and refugees to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed.

Refugee Action
Refugee Action help refugees who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes. They provide them with the basic support they need to live again with dignity and help them build safe, happy and productive lives in the UK.
0207 952 1511

Sex/Relationships

Brook
Brook provides free and confidential advice for young people from sexual health and wellbeing experts.

Change Grow Live
Change Grow Live provides relationship support for under 21s.

Sexplain
Sexplain provide free support and resources for young people about their sexual health.

Self Harm

Harmless
Harmless is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm and suicide prevention including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals and those at risk of suicide.

Self Harm UK
Selfharm UK exist in order to support and nurture young people who may be experiencing difficulties with self-harm.

Suicide

National Suicide Prevention Alliance
NSPA is a directory that allows you to search for local support in your area and offering guidance if you are experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Papyrus
Papyrus gives non-judgemental support, advice and information for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress.
08000 68 41 41

Trade Union

TUC
TUC allows you to search for and join a trade union.

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