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

Local services

Kooth provides an online emotional health and wellbeing service for ages 11-18 (up to age 25 for care leavers and those with an Education Health & Care Plan).

You can find advice and guidance, including advice from other young people who have experienced similar things. You can also speak to a counsellor via instant messaging. You don’t need a referral, you can just visit and register anonymously.

The site is available 24/7, with counselling available 12pm – 10pm on weekdays and 6pm – 10pm on weekends.

Mental Health Support Teams

Mental health support teams (MHSTs) can support children and young people with mild to moderate mental health problems. They are currently working with 32 Portsmouth primary and secondary schools. Your school can advise if there is a MHST available or guide you to other support options.

Talking Change

Talking Change provides a range of therapies and treatments for those aged 16 and over dealing with common mental health difficulties. These can be in a 1-2-1 or group settings. You can self-refer.

  • Please contact: 0300 123 39 34.
  • Available: Mon-Thurs: 8am – 8pm, Fri 8am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm.

Find out more on the website.

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.

National online or phone advice and support

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families provides a range of different types of support for children, young people, parents and their families. The On My Mind section of the website empowers you to make informed choices about your mental health and wellbeing.


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.