Action for Children
Supports children, young people, and families across England with emotional and practical care.

Practical information and emotional support for:

  • Young people
  • Young people leaving care
  • Young carers
  • Provides local services for further support in some regions.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

0800 58 58 58
Information and support for anyone who is struggling with things and needs to talk. Offers a helpline and webchat.


0800 1111
Information and advice for young people on topics like bullying, your body and relationships. Also provides:

  • A phone helpline
  • 1-2-1 online chats with counsellors
  • Online message boards
  • Welsh-speaking and BSL interpreter counsellors


0300 123 6600
82111 (text line)
Confidential support, advice and information about drugs, their effects and the law.

Hub of Hope
A UK-wide database of mental health charities and organisations offering advice and support.

Local Minds
Local mental health services across England and Wales. Offers talking therapies, peer support and advocacy. Check to see if there is a Local Mind near you and what it can offer young people.


0808 808 1111 (Learning Disability Helpline)
Information and advice for people with a learning disability, their families, and carers. Services include an online community.

The Mix

85258 (crisis messenger service, text THEMIX)
Support and advice for people under 25, offering these services:

  • Crisis messenger text line
  • Discussion board
  • Webchat
  • Short-term counselling by phone and online

NHS Every Mind Matters
Information and advice on mental health and wellbeing for young people. Includes videos about dealing with change, social media, and sleep.

On My Mind
Information, support, and resources to help young people understand more about mental health and wellbeing. Search the Youth Wellbeing Directory to find services near you.

Our Time
Information and workshops for children and young people whose parents or carers experience mental health problems.

Reading Well
Self-help books to help people understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing. Also available in Welsh.


116 123
0808 164 0123 (Welsh Language Line)
Samaritans are open 24/7 for people to talk about any concerns, worries and troubles they’re going through. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person.


85258 (text line)
Shout is a confidential and anonymous 24/7 text support service for anyone struggling to cope. It is free to text Shout from all major mobile networks in the UK. To speak to a trained volunteer, text SHOUT to 85258.

Mental health support for young people, parents, and carers. Includes information about mental health problems and medication.

Youth Access
Advice and counselling network for young people. Includes a search tool for finding free local services.

Child Therapy Service