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Counselling and Support

> Alumina (formerly selfharm UK)

Free online self-harm support for 10 to 17 year olds.

> Anger Group

Mind in Croydon's Anger Group programme is a course that aims to help people to understand why they get angry and how to control it.

> Association of Child Psychotherapists

The Association of Child Psychotherapists is the professional body and accredited register for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists in the UK. The website includes resources for families and a directory to find a Child Psychotherapist.

> Bromley Community Counselling Service

Bromley Community Counselling Service provides low-cost counselling every week for up a year.

> Bromley Y

Bromley Y offer free therapeutic support to young people between the ages of 0 -18 years and their families, who live in Bromley or who are registered with a Bromley GP surgery.

> Catch22

Catch22 work with young people and families, providing early intervention, targeted and specialist support services to those in crisis, leaving care, missing from home or with substance misuse or mental health problems.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) offer therapeutic intervention to children and adolescents who have a serious mental health disorder or psychological difficulties, and to their families.

> Croydon CAMHS

> Sutton CAMHS

> Merton CAMHS

Need help preparing for your first visit to CAMHS?

CAMHS Ready is a tool developed by North Staffordshire NHS Trust that helps young people and their families to get ready for their first visit.

It gives young people experiencing difficulties with their thoughts, feelings, or behaviour simple advice about what CAMHS is and how it works.

CAMHS Ready also helps young people plan what they want to say at their first CAMHS appointment by helping them explore topics linked to thoughts and feelings, and then make their own checklist of priorities.

> CAMHS Ready

> Campaign Against Living Miserably

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer support to anyone in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via helpline, webchat and website.

> Care To Listen

Care To Listen is a counselling service located in Croydon and also serve local areas such as Sutton and Purley.

Care To Listen specialise in integrative counselling which includes cognitive behavioural therapy, short-term solution focused, psychodynamic and person-centred counselling.

> Centre 70

Centre 70 is a counselling service for adults in West Norwood, Lambeth.

> Change, grow, live

Change, grow, live are a social care and health charity that supports adults, young people and families whose lives are affected by substance misuse, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, domestic abuse, mental health issues and offending.

> Childline

Childline is a helpline service for anyone under 19 in the UK, here to help you with any issue you are going through.

Counselling is available via phone, email, or through 1-2-1 counsellor chat.

Helpline: 0800 1111

> CLIC Sargent Social Work Team

The CLIC Sargent Social Work Team can offer social, emotional and practical support to help minimise the impact of the illness and treatment. It works only with children, young people, and adults under the age of 25. As well as providing individual support to patients and their families the team runs a variety of group events for patients and family members.

If you are under 25 years old and need hospital treatment during an important time in your education, for example when you are studying for exams, you can contact the CLIC Sargent social work team. Together with the hospital school staff they can provide advice and information as well as liaise with schools or colleges on your behalf. Any pupil or student on treatment is entitled to 'special consideration'.

> Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory is a database of therapists and counselling services available across the UK.

> Croydon Drop In

Croydon Drop In supports young people aged 11 to 25 years old and families who live, work or study in the London Borough of Croydon.

 > Croydon Talking Therapies (IAPT)

Croydon Talking Therapies (IAPT) are a free and confidential NHS service provided by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The service offers a range of psychological therapies to adults 18 years and over, who are registered with a Croydon GP.

Croydon Turnaround Centre

The Turnaround Centre is a place for young people (aged 14-21) and their families to access help and support in Croydon.

Services available include: youth workers, the police, educational welfare officers, social workers and health advice.

> Deaf4Deaf

Deaf4Deaf (D4D) is a team of Deaf Mental Health Counsellors & Psychotherapists from different backgrounds who offer counselling in the preferred communication style of choice.

> Early help support (Croydon)

Information on Best Start service for children up to the age of 5 and parenting programmes for parents and carers of children of all ages from 0 to 18 years.

> Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices is a user-led, self help group for people who hear voices.

> Hopeline UK

Hopeline UK is a confidential helpline, staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to young people under the age of 35 feeling suicidal and anyone concerned that a young person they know may be at risk of suicide.

> inaspectrum

inaspectrum is a community of people who have an interest in, or are affected by Autism and Aspergers.

> Kooth

Kooth is a free and anonymous online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.

> London Gang Exit (LGE)

LGE works with young people aged 16 to 24 years old who are affected, associated or affiliated with gang related issues or serious youth violence.


Mentoring, Advocacy & Peer Support (MAPS) is an early intervention programme supporting children and young people aged 8-21 who lived in Sutton, with complex life circumstances to achieve their full potential through the support of a one to one volunteer mentor.

> Maytree

The Maytree Suicide Respite Centre offer a free 4-night/5-day stay for people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

> Muslim Youth Helpline

Muslim Youth Helpline is a national award winning charity providing free and confidential, faith and culturally sensitive support services to Muslim youth in the UK.

> National Self-Harm Network

National Self-Harm Network is an online support forum for individuals who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life.

> OASIS Croydon and Lewisham

OASIS is an NHS service for young people aged 14-35, who are experiencing psychological distress. 


PAPYRUS provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through the HOPELINEUK helpline.

> Qwell

Qwell is a free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults across the UK. Qwell offer a variety of anonymous support options: online messaging, booked and drop-in chat, community support and personal development tools.

> Relate

Relate is the the UK’s largest provider of relationship support to people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations.

Relate’s services include relationship counselling for individuals and couples, family counselling, mediation,
children and young people's counselling and sex therapy.

> Roundabout

Roundabout provides a dramatherapy service across London.

> Runaway Helpline

Runaway Helpline helps you if are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, or if you have been away and come back.

> Samaritans

Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, every single day of the year, to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.


SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. 

> Self Injury Support

Self Injury Support for Women is a national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm.


Shout is the UK's first free, confidential, 24/7 text support service.

> Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) offers support for those bereaved or affected by suicide through a helpline answered by trained volunteers who have been bereaved by suicide and a network of local support groups.

> The Awareness Centre

The Awareness Centre (TAC) is a counselling service that works with individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents and groups.

TAC provides a Multilingual, LGBT, Children and Adolescent, Anger Management, Addiction, Bereavement, Eating Disorders, Couples and Sex and Relationship counselling service to support the London community.

> The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society defend, safeguard and protect the childhood of all children and young people throughout the UK through our network of services.

In London, The Children’s Society provide support to children and young people facing difficult issues, and to parents and carers dealing with challenges of family life. These include: trafficking services, child sexual exploitation services, and refugee and migrant services.

> The Listening Place

Face-to-face support for those who feel life is no longer worth living.

> The Mix

The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.

> Turn2me

Turn2me is an online space for people over 18 to share, discuss and offload personal problems, find support and get useful information.

> Victim Support

Victim Support is a free and confidential service providing emotional and practical support and help to anyone affected by crime.

You & Co is Victim Support’s youth programme that helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime.

> Voice Collective

Voice Collective is a London-wide project that supports children and young people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual sensory experiences.

Voice Collective also offer support for parents/families and training for youth workers, social workers, mental health professionals and other supporters.

> Wimbledon Guild

Wimbledon Guild are a community charity supporting people in Merton.

They offer a low-cost counselling service supporting clients over the age of 18, who live, work or study in the London Borough of Merton.

> Youth Access

Youth Access helps you find free and confidential counselling, advice or information services in your local area.

Call us

Support Line 0800 980 7475

Monday to Saturday, 3 to 6pm

Croydon Service 020 8251 0251

Merton Service 020 3984 4004

Sutton Service 020 8680 8899