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Keeping yourself safe and well

National helplines and crisis support

Young Minds 

Offering immediate help and advice in an emergency.

Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. 

  • If you need urgent help 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.

Healthy Young Minds has a useful list of apps, see below.

Coram Voice has an advocacy service if you are adopted and have a social worker. You can contact them on their website, by phone or email:


T: 0808 800 5792


Anxiety UK has a helpline open from 9am til 10pm 



Self harm is a project that a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, their parents and other professionals:


The National Self-Harm Network (NSHM) is a forum that offers support to individuals who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life. They also provide information and support for the families and carers of individuals who self harm and empower and enable those who self harm to seek alternatives and further help:


Childline is a free, private and confidential service for under 19s, where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, open from 9am until midnight.

Phone: 0800 1111



Samaritans is a charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

Phone: 116 123

24/7, 365 days a year



The charity for care-experienced young people is offering help and advice if you are experiencing anxiety about the virus or the impact of the virus on your care.



Hopeline advisers are all trained to help you focus on staying safe from suicide. Their training enables them to provide advice and support that may help you to move forward and stay alive.

Phone: 0800 068 4141

Text: 07786209697


Local services and advice lines


A free, safe and anonymous counselling service for young people, based in Kingston-upon-Thames


Information for young people in Kingston and Richmond about coping in uncertain times.