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During this sustained period of lockdown and self-isolation it is important that we continue to stay as active as possible. Coronavirus has affected all aspects of our lives and the constant news about the pandemic can feel never-ending.

If you are a young person with worries or want to talk to someone about anything at all, there are organisations that can help.

See below sources of support for children, Under25s and LGBT as well as help with issues with eating, drugs & alcohol

For children

Childline

Childline is a counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC.

Childline is yours – it’s a free, private and confidential service

if you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, email or chat online about any problem big or small.

Sign up for a childline account on the website to be able to message a counsellor anytime without using your email address

Chat 1:1 with an online advisor

Important update: Because of the coronavirus, we’ve had to make some changes to how Childline works. For now, you can only speak to a Childline counsellor online or on the phone from 9am – midnight.

CALL 0800 1111 – It’s free

Website: https://www.childline.org.uk/

Young Minds

Young Minds is a charity fighting for young people’s mental health. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is often hard to find and the Young Minds charity is trying to change that.

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger

  • provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis – just text YM to 85258
  • all texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
  • texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus

Looking after yourself
Sometimes it can feel like we don’t have any control over what we think or how we feel. But by making simple changes to our lives, we can make a real difference to our mental health. Feeling good is worth investing in. Go to the website below for tips, guidance and advice.

Website: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/

Also – Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544

For Under 25s

The Mix – Essential Support for Under 25s

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We 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. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline.

If you’re under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat. You can also use their phone counselling service, or get more information on support services you might need. One to One Chat is available from 4pm to 11pm every day, and our Crisis Messenger is available 24/7.

Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (4pm – 11pm daily)

Email here

Website

Crisis Messenger

If you feel like you can’t cope or are worried about how you are feeling, you can contact our crisis messenger 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our text messaging support service is free and for any issue. We provide in-the-moment support and problem solving when you need it most. This service is delivered in partnership with Crisis Text Line and Shout.

For Everybody

B-eat 

The UK’s eating disorder charity.

Online support groups and a helpline for anyone under 18: 0808 801 0711

Also our Studentline is 0808 801 0811 and for all ages 0808 801 0677

Our Helplines are open 365 days a year from 12pm–8pm during the week, and 4pm–8pm on weekends and bank holidays.

Sometimes our lines are busy. If you can’t get through immediately, please do try again or try our one-to-one web chat.

Email fyp@b-eat.co.uk

Frank

Confidental information and advice about drugs and substance abuse, whether it’s for you or someone else.

Call 0300 1236600 (24 hours, won’t show up on your phone bill)

Text 82111 – Text a question and FRANK will text you back.

Email here – Send an email and FRANK will message you back.

Stonewall

The UK charity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. They offer information, advice and where to get local support.

Call their information service on 08000 50 20 20

Coming out help for young people

Samaritans

24 hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it. (Adults included.)

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Phone: 116 123 (24 hours)