Soul Soup

Tel: 01387 266 667


free professional Counselling, and support for young people facing emotional distress and difficulties with THEIR MENTAL health and wellbeing

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  • Calm: Campaign Against Living Miserably Help and support for young men aged 15-35 on issues which include depression and suicide.
    0800 585858 Web: 
  • HopeLine UK: for practical advice on suicide prevention 
    0800 068 4141 Web:
  • Lifeline (N.Ireland): For anyone in N.Ireland who is in distress or despair. Immediate help on phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Face to face counselling can be arranged, also befriending, mentoring. Issues dealt with include suicide prevention, self harm, abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety. 
    Run by Contact N.Ireland independent counselling service employing professional qualified counselors who have extensive experience of working with people facing a wide range of problems, free to all users.
    0808 808 8000  Web:
  • Premier Lifeline: Helpline providing a listening service, information, emotional and spiritual support from a Christian perspective
    Tel: 0300 111 0101 Web:
  • Samaritans: 24 hr helpline offering emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide
    116 123 (free of charge from a landline or mobile)
    Email Web:

Useful websites

    In memory of Charlie Waller - awareness, information and resources for those who are depressed
    Day to day support service and crisis support to help reduce suicide, depression and other stress related illnesses to service users who are in need of emotional support and encouragement. Instant online support for any person who may be experiencing something in their life which they may be finding difficult to cope with. Also peer to peer support facilitated and monitored through facebook by trained admins where service users support each other through discussion, topics and open forums
  • - Points of contact for those feeling down, depressed and/or suicidal
  • - Supportive site for men who suffer from depression and/or suicidal thoughts
  • Winston's Wish: Support for bereaved children and young people.
    Tel: 0845 2030405 Web: -
  • SupportLine Telephone Helpline: Provides emotional support and details of agencies, counsellors, helplines, support groups across the UK.
    01708 765200 Email:
  • Child Death Helpline: Helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. Advice, information, listening, befriending, referrals and face to face service by arrangement. Staffed by bereaved parents.Tel: 0800 282986 Web:
  • The Compassionate Friends:  Helpline and support services run by bereaved parents. Support to parents and their immediate families after the death of a child of any age and from any cause. Local contacts and support meetings, befriending, phone and letter contact, leaflets and publications, postal library, retreats and an annual weekend gathering. Compassionate Friends have a sub group called Shadow of Suicide for parents and families of children who have taken their own lives.
    0845 123 2304 Web:  Northern Ireland helpline: 0288 77 88016
  • Cruse Bereavement Care: Helpline offering listening support and practical advice related to bereavement. Puts people in touch with local Cruse branches which can provide individual and group support. Tel: 0844 477 9400 Web:
  • The Samaritans:  Provides emotional support. 24hr service.
    0845 790 90 90  Email Web:
  • Sobs - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: National helpline and other support services run by a self help group for people bereaved by suicide. Helpline provides listening support and will put people in touch with their nearest local group. Monthly group meetings in various locations. Bereavement pack and literature for survivors. Conferences and support days.
    0300 111 5065 Web:
  • Way Widowed and Young: Self help support group for men and women under 50 whose partner or spouse has died. Telephone support network of local members. Email support forums. Membership £10 per year.
    Tel: 0300 012 4929 Web: including helplines and face to face for young people.
  • After Adoption: Helpline for up to 25 years re adoptees and for their birth parents, siblings and friends. Information and support on issues relating to adoption, including tracing relatives, rights, birth identity and other services.
    0800 0568 578 Web:
  • Brook Belfast:  Telephone information and practical services and advice on sexual health and contraception for young people up to 19 years old. (Area served N.Ireland)
    028 90 328866
  • Brook Young People's Information Service: Information, support and signposting service for young people under 25 on sexual health. Also run a confidential enquiry service via the Brook website . Details of local services available via text message (see website for details). Centres throughout the UK offering free contraception, pregnancy testing and counselling.
  • Childline: Emotional support for children and young people on issues relating to child abuse, bullying etc.
    0800 1111 Web: 
  • The Child Law Advice Service provides legal advice and information on areas of child, family and education law. To access this advice and information please visit and follow the link to the Child Law Advice Service where you will be able to view a range of factsheets and how to guides. Should you have clarifying questions following your visit to their website, their helpline number is available at the end of each factsheet. The helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. 
  • Contact Youth Counselling Services: Helpline and range of counselling services for young people aged 11-25 years.
    0808 808 8000 (Area served N.IRELAND) 
  • Eighteen and Under: Support, information and helpline for young people under 18 who have experienced any type of abuse. (Area served: Scotland)
    Tel: 0800 731 4080 Web:
  • Forced Marriages: Enter Forced Marriages into search bar at top of site - Service provided by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to protect young people from forced marriages abroad. Service offers help to young people in these circumstances to help get them back to the UK.
    020 7008 0151 Web:
  • Get Connected: Free telephone and email helpline which can connect a child or young person to any UK helpline where appropriate.
    Tel: 0808 808 4994 Web:
  • Life Train: Focuses on the development of young people and people with disabilities. Runs courses and workshops and residential centre.
    01372 360875 Email: Web:
  • Muslim Youth Helpline: Helpline providing culturally sensitive support to Muslim youth under the age of 25. Outreach services including family mediation, face to face counselling and befriending.
    0808 808 2008 (Area served London) Web:
  • National Youth Advocacy Service: Provides information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to young people up to 25 through a network of advocates through England and Wales.
    0808 808 1001 Email: Web:
  • Runaway Helpline: Runaway Helpline is here if you are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, or if you have been away and come back.You can also contact the Helpline if you are worried that someone else is going to run away or if they are being treated badly or abused.You can call or text for free, 24 hours a day. It's all confidential.
    116 000 Email:
  • Samaritans: 24hr service offering emotional support.
    116 123 Email Web:
  • Coram Voice: Telephone advice, information and advocacy services for children in care. Helpline for care leavers 0808 100 324. Visiting advocacy service for children in secure units and other residential homes.
    0808 800 5792 Web:
  • Worth Talking About: Helpline providing information, advice and guidance for young people aged 12-18 on sexuality and sexual health. Issues dealt with include contraception, pregnancy, family planning clinics, sexually transmitted diseases, peer pressure and relationships.
    0300 123 2930 Web:

Useful websites

  • - Online information and support for young people in care or leaving care including rights and entitlements and the Care Act
  • - Good information on how to manage anger, section for young people and children
    Online support for young carers, chatroom, discussion boards
  • - Advice and information on wide range of issues including bullying, sex and relationships, drink and drugs, body and mind
  • - work in 150 towns and cities supporting young people with tough lives and facing difficult situations, programmes help to develop a young person’s confidence and skills. Work covers substance misuse, family support, health and well being, education and training including apprenticeships, offender rehabilitation, community activities leaving care and advisory service, housing services.
  • - Site aimed at children and young people with advice on staying safe online, online games, chatrooms, email and mobile phones
  • - An interactive site with resources for young people with depression using self help ideas and relaxation techniques
  • - If you have concerns and fears relating to your parents divorce click on ‘Child Aid’ button at top of home page and then go to the Child or Teenager section as appropriate.
  • - Helps young people get ready for the first time visiting a doctor to discuss mental health. Digital tools aimed at ensuring young people get the most out of their appointment with the doctor.
  • - Giving children the tools to cope with risky situations
  • - website for young people with information about mental health medication, site owned and managed by national charity Young Minds.
  • - If you are aged 11+ and a close family member has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness, you can access safe online support in a way that suits you.
  • - Has a teens section dealing with issues like body image, sexual health, drugs, alcohol etc
  • - Trained student volunteers provide emotional support to students. Operating in the night when many other university services are closed.
  • - Shelter also provides information and advice to young people
    Site contains excellent information and help for anyone feeling depressed
  • - Sometimes the only thing standing in the way of a young person achieving their education or career ambitions is a lack of information or support.
  • Online mentoring – getting advice and support from someone who is where you want to be, whether that's at university or in a certain career, is invaluable. We make this happen through online mentoring – structured and supported online contact with a mentor who can help young people work out where they want to go in life and how they can get there.
  • Online resources – there's an overwhelming amount of information on careers, finance and education. Knowing where to go and what to trust is hard. We make it easy. Our online information resources cover everything you might need to know.
  • - Advice, information and support for young people
  • - The largest student community in the world. Discuss anything - universities, health, relationships, lifestyle, finance, careers, jobs, and more.
  • - Online support for young people who are in or have been in care
  • – Online information on local youth information, advice, counseling and support services
  • - Collection of interviews with young people about their experience of health or illness. You can watch videos, listen to audio or read interviews

Counselling & Support

Counselling is completely confidential so you can feel safe to come and talk about what is bothering you.

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Child Sexual Exploitation

The Lotus Project is a new project that is dedicated to tackling sexual exploitation in our region.

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Drop ins

Drop-ins are open to anyone aged 12 to 25 who would like to talk to a support worker.

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