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

www.findgetgive.com For England-wide mental health services and support (11-25 years), including advice on depression, relationships, bullying and anxiety 

www.wheretogofor.co.uk For a list of all Brighton and Hove services (11-25 years)  

If you are in a crisis and looking for support, please visit: www.findgetgive.com/crisis/

Open for parents – support for parents of children of all ages https://www.openforparents.org.uk/

Alcohol and drugs

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

NACOA Providing information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent’s drinking.

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

Body image

Young Minds information and advice about body image: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/body-image/

The Mix: Body Image and Self Esteem: https://www.themix.org.uk/mental-health/body-image-and-self-esteem

Mind: How to increase your self-esteem: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/self-esteem/

B-eat: Eating Disorders: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Relationships

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

Relate: Communicating with teens

Resilience

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.

Sleep

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: https://www.net-aware.org.uk, Internet Matters: https://www.internetmatters.org, and Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org  

Young Minds: How to talk to your child about social media and the internet: https://youngminds.org.uk/take20/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