What is counselling?
Sometimes you may feel sad or upset or not quite yourself and
you might feel all alone. It can be good to talk to someone who
will listen to you and take your worries seriously.
A counsellor can help you by listening to how you feel -
Find out more.
Real life stories
When you are feeling depressed or something big has happened to
you it can feel like you are the only one. These real life stories
show that the way you feel is important and that other people have
been able to find help and feel more supported, with some help so
can you - Read
some real life stories.
How to find a counsellor
There are several different ways that you can find a counsellor
(sometimes called a therapist). You can ask your GP (doctor) or
your school nurse or someone else in your school/college who knows
about mental health or well being like your psychology teacher or
PSHE teacher. If you can find the courage to ask an adult who you
get on with about counselling they will be able to help you find
one. You might have to ask more than once.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the best words to ask for
help though. If you find it hard to say that you would like to talk
to someone you could try saying this or writing a note
‘I am feeling sad/upset/angry/confused and I think I
would like to talk to a counsellor, can you help me find
You might want to find your own counsellor, click on this link
to go to the British Association for Counselling and
If you want to talk to someone today try one of these 24hr help
Talksafe is a safe place to get the answers that matter to you -
get advice from a mentor your own age, talk to a counsellor, or
chat with other young people across London in the forum. Just click
on your age-group to get started.
Get Connected: 0808 808 4994
free, confidential telephone helpline which will connect young
people free onto whatever help they need
Childline: 0800 11
Sometimes you can sort out a problem on your own. But if you
have a worry you can't cope with, don't bottle it up. It can really
help if you talk to someone in your family, a carer, one of your
friends or maybe a teacher, or you can contact ChildLine, a free
and confidential service at any time.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to contact
ChildLine please watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tohVjHd1DwE
NSPCC Child Protection
Helpline: 0808 800 5000
For children and those concerned about children
Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for
anyone in the UK and Ireland and is available 24 hours a
day. If you don't want to call then you can email