Help & Advice

We’ve compiled a list of places to get advice and support about issues that affect teens, many of which we covered in our radio show, Raising Teens.

General help For England-wide mental health services and support (11-25 years), including advice on depression, relationships, bullying and anxiety For a list of all Brighton and Hove services (11-25 years)  

If you are in a crisis and looking for support, please visit:

Open for parents – support for parents of children of all ages

Young Minds’ Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)

Alcohol and drugs

NACOA, National Association for Children of Alcoholics, offers advice and information, including a helpline 0800 358 3456

RU-OK? Part of Brighton & Hove Children’s Services, working alongside under 18s whose lives are affected by substance misuse in Brighton & Hove

Family Lives A wealth of information and practical advice when it comes to teens and underage drinking 

Alcohol Change UK has a useful fact sheet on alcohol and parenting 

Young Minds’ offer information for parents worried about their child’s use of alcohol or drugs

Talk to Frank  Information for parents worried about their child and demystifying the language around drugs


Audio Active’s Room to Rant A space for young men to be themselves, talking and exploring their struggles and life experiences through spoken word, rap and hip hop.

NHS advice on teen aggression and arguments 

Young Minds’ advice for teens on anger 

Young Minds’ advice for parents on anger

Body image

Young Minds information and advice about body image:

The Mix: Body Image and Self Esteem:

Mind: How to increase your self-esteem:

B-eat: Eating Disorders:

Eating disorders

BEAT, national eating disorder charity with information advice and helpline
Helpline 0808 801 0677
Under-18s Youthline 0808 801 0711
Beat also offers Echo peer coaching 

The Hub of Hope, a national mental health database of organisations and charities across the country who offer local advice and support. Includes a Talk Now button connecting users directly to the Samaritans 

NHS advice and information about eating disorders

Family breakups

Relate offers relationship and family counselling as well as information and advice on separation and divorce as well as useful information on dealing with children’s feelings and behaviour

West Sussex Council’s Find it Out Centres for Young People are for anyone between 11 and 25. They offer drop-in advice and information. To talk to someone in confidence young people will need to make an appointment

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) for Sussex

Childline offers children information and advice, and a listening ear

The Samaritans offer 24/7 support: or call 116123 for free

Dad La Soul, a a revolutionary, grassroots movement, that uses the arts, music, tech and play to tackle social isolation in dads and kids

Grief and bereavement

Winston’s Wish offers help and advice to grieving children with local drop-in sessions, online chat and email support 
Free national helpline: 0808 802 0021

Hope Again, the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care
Free national helpline: 0808 808 1677 Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm, or email

Loneliness and social anxiety

YMCA – Brighton’s Youth Advice Centre is a safe space where any young person age 13-25 can talk to a worker one-to-one and receive support 
Daily drop in Monday-Thurs 3-6pm and Friday 3-5.30pm, 11 St Georges Place, Brighton BN1 4GB

Albion in the Community, working to improve health and wellbeing, education and aspirations of Brighton’s community
Premier League Kicks is a project that offers free weekly football sessions to children between 7 and 18 and combines free football with workshops and lifestyle advice in subjects like domestic violence, anti-homophobia, anti-racism, substance misuse and road safety.

Childline offers support and advice for young people who feel lonely or isolated 
Call Childline for free on 0800 1111

Anxiety UK has information, resources and support for parents and young people suffering from social anxiety as well as an online chat service 

Young Minds information and resources for young people suffering from anxiety 


The Mix, support for under 25s: Sex and Relationships

Relate: Communicating with teens


The Mix – a support service for young people – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs

NHS support for coping with your teenager

Young Minds information and advice for parents of teens

Young Minds crisis messenger – a free 24/7 text support service for teens 

Rethink Supporting people affected by mental illness through a network of local groups and services.

Think U Know Advice and education on staying safe on and offline

Childline Free confidential service for anyone under 19 to talk to someone about any issue they’re going through

Winston’s Wish Support and advice for bereaved children including online chat. There’s also a freephone national helpline for parents, carers and professionals looking for childhood bereavement advice and support 08088 020 021

School stress

Young Minds offers help with:
Problems at School
School anxiety
School refusal
Supporting your child during exam time

#NoStressSuccess Website and campaign created by YMCA Right Here and The Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (The MET) in Sussex to help students and their families reduce exam stress and anxiety during and at the end of Year 11 on GCSE results day.


Selfharm UK, dedicated to self-harm recovery, insight and support  

Young Minds information and advice on dealing with self-harm 

Young Minds Crisis Messenger 24/7 for young people, crisis support for young people text YM to 85258
Free and Confidential on EE, O2, Three and Vodafone

Young Minds Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544

Papyrus For children and young people under the age of 35 experiencing thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide

HOPELINEUK call 0800 068 4141 text 07786209697
9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 10pm bank holidays. 

Mindout,  LGBTQ mental health service

Mermaids, Gender variant and trans mental health service


NHS Sleep Tips for Teenagers

Young Minds information about sleep problems for children and for parents

Make Sense Psychotherapy Offering a confidential counselling service in Brighton, Hove and East Sussex. Donna Peters-Lamb is qualified in psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and drama therapy.

Social media & devices

Guidance and reviews about social networks and online apps from Net Aware:, Internet Matters:, and Common Sense Media:  

Young Minds: How to talk to your child about social media and the internet:

Teenage brain

Young Minds’ support for parents

The Mix, support for under 25s: Mental Health

Relate: Communicating with teens

There’s also a brilliant book aimed at teens called Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up The Wall and What To Do About It. We’ve written a handy review here

Teen language

YMCA Right Here A health and wellbeing project for 11-25 year olds based in Brighton

Audio Active – Brighton-based music charity working with young people at the meeting point of music technology & contemporary urban culture.

The Mix, support for under 25s: Mental Health

Relate: Communicating with teens