Advice for Young People
Here are some contacts that you might find helpful:
If you need help, you can call Samaritans on 116 123. They’re available to offer support 24/7 every single day of the year.
Childline: Whatever your worry we’re here for you on the phone or online. Or try getting support from other young people on our message boards.
Domestic Abuse happens in many families and there are people that can help you and your family. Everyone has the right to be and feel safe. The Hideout is a space to help young people understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to you or someone you know.
Hope Again provides somewhere to turn to when someone dies. It is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone. Find information about our services, a listening ear from other young people and advice for any young person dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Kooth: Your online mental wellbeing community….
Free, safe and anonymous support
The Mix: A leading digital support service on a range of issues impacting young people’s wellbeing including mental health, money, homelessness, employment, relationships and drugs. An online chat and a crisis messenger is available on the site. Tel: 0808 808 4994
Young Somerset: A Virtual Hub and Virtual Youth Club for Young people and lots more.
ThinkUKnow: Stay safe online and get the most from the internet.
Frank: Find out everything you need to know about drugs, their effects and the law. Talk to Frank for facts, support and advice.
If you’re a young person living in Somerset you may find that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning your sexuality or gender identity can be a exciting as you discover who you are, it can also be challenge or difficult. The 2BU team are here to help you find some answers and support if you feel you want it.
SWISH services are designed especially for young people, including under 16’s, in Somerset. Visit our website for information about many aspects of sexual health or Call us:0300 1245010
Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA)
Based at Shepton Mallet in Somerset, in the Southwest of England (UK), we provide support to anyone affected by eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder and all related conditions.
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors
Free and confidential sexual health and well-being advice for under 25s.
Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS)
A specialised service for young people experiencing difficulties with gender identity
Got a concern? Contact the School Nursing Team with just one text to start making a difference.
Somerset Big Tent – Empowering children and young people to find the right wellbeing support at the right time.
Somerset County Council provides support, advice and respite breaks for children and young people under 18 who have substantial caring responsibilities at home.