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Coronavirus useful contacts – for young people

Details of helpful organisations and other types of support available to young people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Stay safe

  • If you're feeling overwhelmed, or like you want to hurt yourself, you can ring HOPELINEUK or text YoungMind's Crisis Messenger service and a counsellor will talk things through with you. 
  • If you feel like you may attempt suicide, or you have seriously hurt yourself, it’s an emergency. You or a trusted adult should call 999 and ask for an ambulance, even during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Mental health emergencies are serious. You are not wasting anyone's time.

Beat

0808 801 0711 (youthline)
0808 801 0811 (studentline)
beateatingdisorders.co.uk
Under 18s helpline, webchat and online support groups for people with eating problems, such as anorexia and bulimia.
Includes advice and support for those who have an eating problem and are finding things harder during the pandemic.

Become

0800 023 2033 (helpline)
becomecharity.org.uk
Information and support for young people in care, and young care leavers.
Become also has advice related to coronavirus.

Childline

0800 1111
childline.org.uk
Support for children and young people in the UK, including a free 24-hour helpline.
Includes information and support if you’re feeling worried about coronavirus.

Frank

0300 123 6600 (helpline)
talktofrank.com
Honest information about drugs, and a confidential helpline in English and Welsh.

Hope Again

0808 808 1677 (helpline)
hopeagain.org.uk
Support for young people who have lost a loved one, in English and Welsh.

Kooth

kooth.com
Information on mental health and wellbeing, community message boards and confidential live chat.

Meic

080880 23456 (helpline)
84001 (text)
meiccymru.org
Information, advice and advocacy helpline for children and young people.
Includes information about coronavirus, in English and Welsh.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

0800 1111 (helpline)
nspcc.org.uk
Support for children experiencing abuse.

Papyrus HOPELINEUK

0800 068 4141 (helpline)
07860039967 (text)
papyrus-uk.org/hopelineuk
Provides confidential support if you, or someone you know, is thinking about suicide.

Relate

0300 003 0396 (helpline)
relate.org.uk
Provides help and support with relationships, including telephone counselling and anonymous live chat.
Includes advice and information related to coronavirus.

Refuge

0808 2000 247 (helpline)
refuge.org.uk
Support, information and advocacy for young people experiencing violence and abuse.

Samaritans

116 123 (helpline)
samaritans.org
24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk, available in English and Welsh.
Includes information and support if you’re worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Shelter and Shelter Cymru

shelter.org.uk/youngpeople
sheltercymru.org.uk
Information and advice for homeless young people, in English and Welsh.
Includes coronavirus housing advice.

The Mix

0808 808 4994 (helpline)
85258 (crisis messenger service, text THEMIX)
themix.org.uk
Support and advice for under 25s, including a helpline, crisis messenger service and webchat.
Includes information on how to deal with coronavirus-anxiety.

YoungMinds

85258 (crisis messenger service, text YM)
youngminds.org.uk
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rovides information and support around mental health, and a crisis text messenger service for urgent help.
Includes information on looking after your mental health during coronavirus.

Young Stonewall

08000 50 20 20 (helpline)
youngstonewall.org.uk
Information and support for all young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.
Includes information on how LGBT-inclusive charities can help during the pandemic.

This information was last updated on 8 June 2020.

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