We know that life can be tough sometimes. And while there is a lot of help available for you if you’re struggling with difficult thoughts, feelings and situations, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Here is a list of organisations we work with or endorse.
Children and young people
A free, 24 hour counselling service that allows young people to get help and advice on a wide range of topics. Their website allows you to talk to a counsellor online or post on their message boards.
www.childline.org.uk or 0800 1111 (freephone)
Together for Short Lives
A leading UK charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.
The UK’s leading support service for young people under 25, The Mix can 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.
www.themix.org.uk Phone; 0808 808 4994
Drugs and alcohol
Action on Addiction
Working with people affected by drug and alcohol problems, this charity works in the areas of research, prevention and treatment as well as providing education and family support services.
One of the UK’s leading drug, alcohol and mental health charities.
Providing support to teenagers, families and anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not.
Groups that take place throughout the country, enabling people struggling with alcohol dependency and misuse to maintain sobriety through peer support.
A charity offering professional support to families, friends and carers of young people who have developed problems with drugs.
Membership is open to anyone with a drug problem seeking help, regardless of what drug or combination of drugs have been used, and irrespective of age, sex, religion, race, creed or class. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using drugs.
Phoenix provides both community and residential treatment for people experiencing drug and alcohol problems. They are also a Housing Association providing recovery-friendly housing.
UK Smart Recovery
Teaching rational, easy to learn and self-empowering skills to help participants abstain from any addictive behaviour and to develop a lifestyle that supports sustained recovery.
The leading UK-wide charity providing information, help and support for people battlng with anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
HIV and sexual health
Providing free and confidential sexual health information and contraception to young people. Brook’s website also includes a live webchat.
Terence Higgins Trust
Remember you can also speak to your GP for advice, or look up your local Sexual Health Clinic if you need to be seen. If you have concerns about pregnancy, don’t delay in booking into a clinic as an emergency.
Find your local NHS Sexual Health service here.
The UK’s leading charity for homeless young people, supporting 16-25 years olds with housing, learning, health and life skills.
New Horizons Youth Centre
A London-based centre which works with young people who are vulnerable, homeless or at risk, helping them to create positive futures.
This charity works with organisations across the UK to bring equality to gay, lesbian and bisexual people at home, at school and at work.
Providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, as well as campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Rethink Mental Illness
Providing support and information to help everyone affected by severe mental illness, and helping them to recover a better quality of life.
Victims of crime and domestic violence
National Domestic Violence Helpline
Run in partnership by the charities Women’s Aid and Refuge, this free and confidential helpline offers support and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
0808 2000 247 (Freephone)
A UK charity offering support for victims of crime, their families and anyone who may have witnessed a crime.