Children and Young Adults



  • The BeYou Project - Providing safe space meet-ups and advice for LGBTQ+ young people, aged 8 to 25 in Kent. 
  • Childline - Provides a confidential telephone and online counselling service for anyone under 19. You can also ask questions on the message boards and share experiences. 
  • The Mix - Provides a free confidential telephone helpline and online service for anyone under 25, which aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem; money homelessness to finding a job, relationships/family break-ups to drugs. They also have online group chats and discussion boards.
  • Papyrus - Providing advice and support for young people who feel like they want to take their own life.
  • Samaritans - An organisation you can ring at any time of the day or night. They'll help you and listen to how you're feeling. They also have a self-help app.
  • SHOUT - Providing free, confidential, 24/7 text message support in the UK for anyone who is struggling to cope and anyone in crisis. Text SHOUT to 85258.
  • Young Minds - is leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. You can read other young people’s experiences and tips for getting through it.
  • Take Off (16+) - Supporting people with mental health problems to improve their well-being and live happier and healthier lives. Most of the services offered are in the form of self-help groups which are either “talking” or “doing” focused.
  • Kooth - An online mental wellbeing community. Free, safe and anonymous support. 
  • MIND -  Offering help whenever you might need it through their information, advice and local services. Bringing together an unstoppable network of individuals and communities – people who care about mental health to make a difference.
  • With You - Mind and Body in Kent supports children and young adults who are self-harming, at risk of self-harming or struggling with their mental wellbeing. They help people find positive ways to manage difficult thoughts and feelings.
  • Student Space - Offers one-to-one support for whatever challenge you’re facing, whether it’s your mental health, studies, money, housing or relationships. You can receive text message and phone support or they have an online webchat from 4pm-11pm every day.
  • Nightline - Offers a unique listening service, providing emotional support and information to students across the country. It’s the only service of its kind dedicated to students in higher and further education. Run by students, our listening volunteers ensure every student has the opportunity to talk about their feelings in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
  • NELFT - The All-Age Eating Disorder Service (AADS) for Kent and Medway is a specialist service. Our service aims to bring hope and confidence, through help and support, to those who have an eating disorder, to enable them to take back control of their life by overcoming their eating disorder. The minimum age for referrals to this service is 8 years. To refer please complete the form at the bottom of the website. 
  • Safe Haven @ Canterbury (16+) - offering out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16+ in the Canterbury area. Open every day, 6pm-11pm. This is a walk-in service, there is no need to be referred. The Canterbury Haven aims to reduce pressure on emergency services. Working closely with medical professionals and mental health teams to ensure that people in emotional distress have a safe, supportive place to go to, with appropriate mental health support available. They hold activities, games and crafts as well as tea and coffee catch up evenings.