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Support for students

The following support is available for students who need advice or guidance outside the usual school systems.

Childline (18 years and younger) Childline is a free, private, and confidential service where you can talk about anything 24/7.

Tel: 0800 11 11 and

Samaritans Emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

Tel: 116 123 (available 24/7)

The service is confidential; however the Samaritans have a responsibility to safeguard under 18’s if there were any safety concerns.  Further information via their website and type ‘safeguarding policy’ in the search bar.

Shout Support for anyone in crisis and struggling to cope.

Text: 85258 - free 24/7 text service on all major mobile networks.

The Mix (25 years and younger) Free help and support for children and young people in the UK.

Tel: 0808 808 4994

Kooth Kooth is a platform that offers free and confidential online counselling and support for young people in the UK

Young Minds Practical advice and support for young people’s mental health

Mind Advice, support, and information around mental health issues including self-harm.

Info Line about signposting and services in your area, Tel: 0300 123 3393

NHS For health advice and reassurance

Tel: 111

B-EAT Support and information relating to eating disorders.

Youth line (Under 18’s) Tel: 0808 801 0711 Email:

There is also an over 18’s number and email (see website)

Switchboard The LGBT+ helpline – Free support and information to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary communities.

Tel: 0300 330 0630

FRANK Friendly, confidential drugs information and advice

Tel: 0300 123 6600 Text: 82111

Drinkline UK wide helpline for anyone concerned about their alcohol use or someone else’s

Tel: 0300 123 1110