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On this page you will find mental health information and guidance for young people.

U Matter

Young people aged 8-18 in Portsmouth can access free counselling through the U Matter service. This provides confidential support on a range of issues including bullying, bereavement, relationships, school worries and problems at home.

The counselling takes place at the Relate Centres in Southsea or Cosham and can include family sessions if required. They also offer peer support groups where you can meet other young people who have gone through similar challenges.

Monday to Thursday: 9:30am – 9.00pm
Friday: 9:30am – 2.30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 1.30pm

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

CAMHS is available to help children and young people when they are having problems to do with their emotional and behavioural wellbeing. Your GP refers you to this service.


Childline offer lots of mental health advice. You can also call them for free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat or send an email if you sign up for an account – you don’t need to give your name or email address.

Young Minds

Young Minds charity has information on some of the common feelings and mental health symptoms, how to cope, and where to get help. Find out more on the Young Minds website.

The Mix

The Mix offer confidential, free support to under 25’s on any challenges they’re facing. Call 0800 808 4994 11am – 11pm every day

Rise Above

Rise Above is a website with stories, videos and advice from young people on topics like body image, relationships, mental health and friendships. Visit the Rise Above website for more information.


If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, Beat can help. Call their Youthline 0808 801 0711, 4-10pm daily, or email


OCD UK helps people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Call 0845 120 3778, weekdays 9am – 5pm or email

University application guide

guide produced with the Mental Health Foundation to help remove the stress and anxiety from applying to University.

Further support

Further mental health guidance can be found on our mental wellbeing page.