There is so much information on the internet that it can be overwhelming, so we have put together some helpful links.

A note about websites – be careful that the websites/forums you go on aren’t ones that are encouraging negative or self destructive behaviour in others – the best known of these are pro-ana (anorexia nervosa) and pro-mia (bulimia nervosa).

The ones below are full of helpful and useful information and the links shown here are specifically targetted at young people:

 young minds website

 rethink mental illness website

 epic friends

For more specific information, the following are particularly suitable:

Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling.
Phone 0800 1111 (24 hours)

The Mix -  

Information, support and listening for people under 25. Expert advice and chats alongside true stories across a range of topics e.g. your body, drink and drugs, work and study, mental health.
Phone 0808 808 4994 (24 hours)

Straight talk on mental health medication for young people. Read about others' experiences and get answers to those 'awkward' questions.

The UK's eating disorder charity. They have online support groups and a helpline for anyone under 18. Phone 0345 634 7650 (4pm – 10pm 365 days a year) Email

Talk-to-frank (friendly, confidential, drugs advice) for you or someone else - information on different types of drugs, the effect they have on the body, live chat/ helpline, advice and information on what to do if you're worried about a friend.

0800 7766 00 (24 hours, won't show up on your phone bill)

Alcohol  - Drinkline 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm)


The UK charity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies.  They offer information and support. Phone 0207 593 1850 (Mon-Fri 9.30-5.30) Coming out help for young people

SAYiT (Sheila Amos Youth Trust)  
Sheffield based charity supporting young people.  They run groups for LGBT young people (under 18s, 18-25s) and also for parents of trans young people.


Saneline (6pm – 11pm) – 08457678000 offers practical info, crisis care and emotional support to people with mental health problems.

24 hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it. (Adults included.)
A safe place to talk to someone, explore your options and understand your problems better.
If you are concerned about the safety of yourself or others, phone 999.
email:  Phone 116 113 (24 hours)

For Parents: Young Minds have a Parents Helpline, available to offer advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under 25.

Mind of types of mental health issues, guides to accessing support and tips for everyday living.