External Support Services
Useful Contacts for Children and Young People
Action for Children
Charity supporting children, young people and their families across England.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Counsellors available until 10pm every day. Free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people. Check whether this is offered in your area.
Me and My Mind
Advice and support for young people struggling with unusual experiences, such as hearing voices.
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
NHS app with confidential health advice and support for 16–25 year olds.
Youth Support for young people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
On My Mind
Information for young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.
Rethink Mental Illness
0808 800 5007 (Young people’s helpline)
0808 800 5005 (National Male Survivor helpline)
Helplines for adults and young people who have experienced sexual abuse and rape. Offers face-to-face services in Coventry and Warwickshire and another helpline specifically for male survivors.
116 123 (freephone)
Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person. Samaritans also have a Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).
Charity working for people in housing need by providing free, independent, expert housing advice.
Time to Change
National campaign to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental health problems in England and Wales. The campaign for England ended in 2021, but its resources are still available online.
Support for people under 25 who hear voices, have visions or other unusual sensory experiences
0808 802 5544 (parents helpline)
85258 (crisis messenger service, text YM)
Committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers. Provides information on medication for young people.
Advice and counselling network for young people, including details of free local services