Useful Links

I have also listed details and links to important sources of support and advice for a range of mental health issues and difficulties. Many of the links connect directly to the lists to be found at the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy "It's good to talk" website - I hope you find them helpful:

Emotional Wellbeing Resources for Young People

The Mix

"Essential Support for the Under 25's." The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline:

Young Minds

Leading UK Charity which offers information for young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. Also provides online and telephone support for parents and carers worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

Resources for Transgender Young People

Mermaids

Mermaids is a charity that supports gender nonconforming people and their families. They support children and young people aged under 19 years and also host an online forum for trans young people and their parents.

Where do the Mermaids Stand?

Poetry, prose, artwork and personal stories by trans children, young people and their parents

Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence is a non-profit organisation that supports young trans people. They run youth club activities, deliver arts projects and mentoring for trans young people. They also provide guidance for trans young people including: A Guide for Trans People in the UK; Trans Youth Sexual Health Booklet; Capturing Journeys - report and online information as part of their Knowledge is Power project.

Gendered Intelligence and Galop
Beyond the Binary

A submission-based website which aims to give non-binary people the opportunity to share their experiences

MyGenderation

An on-going documentary project exploring gender variance set up to record the different experiences and perspectives of trans people

TransWiki

TransWiki is a directory of support groups

Trans Unite

A secure website that allows members of the transgender and non-binary communities to find a support group (or even an online-only group).

The site is run by volunteers and is a not for profit organisation - and maintains an up-to-date resource for UK and online-based support groups. Users can find a local group and even message them directly from the site.

Transgender Zone

"Since 1998 Transgender Zone has been supporting those who feel they are confused about their gender, those who are looking for support for someone who is transgender, and health and social care professionals, broadcast media and lay people who want to learn more about the subject. We work to educate those who are living with gender dysphoria and increase awareness about this and other gender identity issues. It is totally Free to take part in this site and no membership is required!"

Resources for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Young People

R U Coming Out

A website where LGBT people share their coming out stories

Albert Kennedy Trust

An organisation supporting LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or are living in a hostile environment

PACE

PACE is an LGBT+ mental health charity offering a range of face-to-face and online services. The website hosts publications and factsheets on subjects including mental wellbeing, health and LGBT rights, religion and LGBT issues. They offer face-to-face, online/email, and telephone counselling for young people.

Switchboard LGBT+

Provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity.

Being Gay is OK

Being Gay is OK provides online information for young people under 25 years old.

Stonewall

"We're here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone." Provides help and advice for LGBT communities and their allies.

Brook

Provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing services for young people nationwide. Their website includes information pages on gender identity and sexual orientation, contraception, health and wellbeing and staying safe online, and a text and web chat service

Childline

A private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. Young people can contact Childline via email, message boards or phone and access advice and information online.

DrugRehab.com

DrugRehab.com provides information, resources, and treatment for people battling addiction and related conditions. Their mission is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and pursue lifelong recovery. "We are here to help you or your loved one every step of the way.""

"Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful."

Samaritans UK Website

Offers "a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal."

Email: jo@thesamaritans.org

Papyrus - Prevention of Young Suicide

Papyrus is the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. If you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide (Under 25's):

US National Suicide Prevention Helpline

"We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals."

Befrienders Worldwide Website

Provides emotional support to prevent suicide worldwide. "We listen to and help people without judging them."

(Whilst I take great care when researching these links, please note that the Mandy Alexander Counselling Service is not responsible for the content of these external sites.)