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Welcome to the Self Help Hub's guide to supporting services - listed under this section S are the following: School, Self Care, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Sexual Assault, Sexual Health, Sexuality, Sleep, Stalking, Stammering, Stress, Student Life, Substance Misuse, Suicidal Feelings.

Childline
Support and general advice including  advice about difficulties at school. 

Investing in self care is an important way in which you can start to help yourself when things feel tough, in addition to professional or external help.

Take time to think about the things, the people or the places that help to relax and destress you ... there are so many ways to consider and it will be different for everyone.   

Start to build up your very own 'Self Care Kit Bag' of ideas -  it may feel difficult to start at first but keep adding to the list as you think of new ideas.

Here are just a few suggestions to start you off, but feel free to think of your own! And remember - its different for everyone! 
- getting active - playing team sport, swimming, taking the dog for a walk, singing, dancing, performing, tidying your room or going to a youth club
- chilling out with a good book, writing a poem or rap lyric, composing, listening to music, playing an instrument, making a playlist, watching your favourite box-set practicing yoga, mindfulness or meditation. 
- getting connected - meeting or contacting friends, playing with your family pet.
- expressing yourself - get creative with art, crafts, photography, writing, journalling, composing, baking or make-up.  
- pampering yourself - with a manicure, face mask or warm bath.
- changing the focus with a jigsaw, chess or other boardgame.
- inspiring yourself with a walk in the fresh air, a visit to an art gallery or museum
- changing the mood - making yourself laugh with your favourite film or You Tube clip
- heading for healthy habits - getting into a sleep routine, swapping to healthy snacks, cutting out the caffeine, getting active.
- waking up the senses with an aromatherapy oil, favourite perfume, or tempting tasty treat. 
And most of all....
- being kind to yourself - swap out those tough, self-critical thoughts with something kinder and more helpful... time to become your own cheerleader!

You may also find it helpful to check out our Series of HYCS pocket Guides too for example Food & Mood, Sleep Matters and Calm Breathing.
The HYCS' App Zone may also be a helpful resource as it includes some apps to support self care including Headspace, Pzizz and Calm Harm.

Still need further inspiration?  you may also want to check out the sites below:

On My Mind (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)
Links to a host of self care support ideas put together by Common Room and Hearts & Minds for the Anna Freud National Centre

Childline - Calmzone
A range of activities and tools for age 18 and under including breathing exercises to help you feel better when you're feeling anxious, scared or sad.

Childline - 0800 1111
Building Confidence & Self Esteem 
Tips to boost your confidence and advice for those who have been bullied.

Calm Harm App 
If you are worried about self harm check out this awardwinning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 which provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.   More details in the App Zone. 

Harmless
Harmless is a user-led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm and suicide prevention including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals and those at risk of suicide.

Heads Above the Waves
Raise awareness of depression and self-harm in young people. Promote positive, creative ways of dealing with the bad days - resources and support including lots of coping techniques to try.

National Self Harm Network 
Support and information for people who self harm.

Self Injury Support - 0808 800 8088 Text - 07537 432444
Free, confidential, non-judgemental support around self-injury and related issues for women of any age or background affected by self-injury, whether their own or that of a friend or family member.  

 

 

Brook - 0870 750 3082
Confidential information and support around all aspects of sex, sexual health and relationships. 

Childline - (For under 18's)
www.childline.org.uk. - Friendship, Sex and Relationships page
Knowing when you are ready, about consent and more.

NHS - Are you ready for sex?
NHS guide and information.

Sexwise
Aim to give you honest advice about contraception, pregnancy, STIs and pleasure.

Tea and Consent Video 
by Thames Valley Police
Confused about what consent really means? The concept of what is consent in sexual relationships is explained in simple to understand terms with clear instructions in this short, animation film using the example of tea drinking to make the point.

Galop  - 020 7704 2040 
LGBTQ+ anti-violence charity, if you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.   Support LGBTQ people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

Rape Crisis
Provides frontline specialist, independent and confidential services for women and girls of all ages who've experienced any form of sexual violence, at any time in their lives.  Contact to find details of your local centre.

Survivors UK - Chat online or Message+44 7491 816064 on WhatsApp
Offers a range of support services for male survivors of rape or sexual abuse.  Established for male survivors but also welcomes anyone who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that we are the right fit for them.

Victim Support
Emotional and practical support for anyone affected by a crime regardless of whether the crime has been reported to the police.

Free, confidential support 24/7, not only for those who experience it directly, but also their friends, family and any other people involved. It doesn’t matter when the crime took place – you can get our support at any time, and for however long you need us.

Women and Girls Network - 0808 801 0660 
advice@wgn.org.uk
The Young Women's Service works to create safe and confidential spaces to get support. If you are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing any form of violence against women and girls (VAWG), and live, work or study in West London, contact WGN to get support. 

Brook - 0870 750 3082
Free, confidential sexual health and wellbeing experts who provide advice and support for all aspects of sexual health and wellbeing including contraception, pregnancy, STI's and more.  Find a Service guide to help you identify a support service close to you.

Health for Teens
Advice and information on all aspects of teen health.

NAZ
Sexual health advice and support particularly for BAME communities.

Sexual Health Hounslow
Provides contraception, family planning and sexual health services for the London Borough of Hounslow at three centres: West Middlesex Hospital (Isleworth), Heart of Hounslow Centre (Hounslow) and Feltham Centre for Health (Feltham).  Check the website for openings hours.
Please note - under 20's only session at Feltham on Wednesdays 4-6pm, young people's walk in service at Heart of Hounslow on Fridays 2-4pm. 

Sexual Health Line - England
0300 123 7123
or NHS 11

Stonewall - 0800 0502020
The UK charity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies offering information, advice and local support advice.

Switchboard LGBT+ - 0300 330 0630
Confidential, one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people of all ages-a place for 'calm words when you need them most'.

IMAAN
The UK’s leading LGBTQ Muslim charity providing information & groups for the 18+ age group.

LGBT Foundation
0345 3 30 30 30  
Organisation for all ages with resources plus helpline LGBT.

Pink Therapy 
The UK’s largest independent therapy organisation working with gender/sexual diversity clients.

Galop020 7704 2040 
LGBTQ+ anti-violence charity, if you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence ordomestic abuse, we’re here for you.  Also support LGBTQ people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

LGBT JIGSAW
A partnership committed to achieving better outcomes for homeless young people.

Check out our free Sleep Matters leaflet - download in the Self Help Hub.

Calm
A free mindfulness and meditation app/website.  

Pzizz App
Helps you to beat sleeping difficulties, reduce stress and relax.  Check out details in the App Zone.

Sleep Council

NHS - Guide for Under 18 Smokers 
The younger you start smoking, the more damage your body will suffer when you get older. This site gives some important reasons to quit and 8 ways to help you do it.

Smokefree Campaign - Smokefree Teens - US site
A US site - learn about different tools to help you quit.

 

National Stalking Helpline, Suzy Lamplugh Trust - 0808 802 0300
Advice and information if you fear you are being stalked.

Action for Stammering Children 
Charity offering support and advice for anyone with a stammer to ensure that every UK child and young person who stammers has access to effective services and support to help them meet the challenges they face.

Childline - Calmzone
A range of activities and tools for age 18 and under including breathing exercises to help you feel better when you're feeling anxious, scared or sad.

ISMA - International Stress Management Association
A professional body for workplace and personal stress management, wellbeing and performance.  A registered charity, ISMA exists to promote sound knowledge and best practice in stress management, both nationally and internationally.

Stressheads App
Stressheads is an app co-created by a group of young volunteers, The Mix and Neon Tribe for young people to help manage stress.

College & University Counselling Wellbeing Support Services
Many colleges and universities offer their students counselling or other wellbeing support - check their website, visit student services, welfare or medical centre on your campus or use the Nightline Association search (see listing below) to find out what support may be available where you are.

B-eat Studentline - 0808 801 0811
B-eat are the UK's eating disorder charity, a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.

Diabetes UK - Young Adults Section 
Provides information about Diabetes and this section provides information to make sure that diabetes doesn't stop you getting the most out of your time at university. 

Disabled Students Helpline
(Disability Rights UK)
Disabled Students' Helpline 0330 995 0414
Personal Budgets Helpline 0330 995 0404 personalbudgets@disabilityrightsuk.org

Information, advice and useful factsheets across a wide range of issues for anyone with disabilities.

Heads Above the Waves
Raise awareness of depression and self-harm in young people. Promote positive, creative ways of dealing with the bad days - resources and support including videos, blogs, tips for students at uni and also lots of coping techniques to try.

Nightline Association
Search here to find out if your uni’ or college setting offers a students' nightline service. 

National Debtline - Student Money Advice
Advice and information for anyone facing money problems with advice for students.

Save the Student
Save the Student provides free, impartial advice to students on how to make their money go further.

Students Against Depression
A website by students for students - a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.

Student Minds
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. 

UCAS   
UCAS is the undergraduate admissions portal. Here you can also find career ideas by exploring different jobs, taking the UCAS career quiz, or looking at volunteering, apprenticeships, or starting your own business.

Adfam - 020 7553 7640
Support for people with a family member who takes drugs, helping to find local support groups.

Al Anon Family Groups - 020 7403 0888
Confidential helpline and support for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking

Al Anon Helpline - 0800 0086 811
Free call, 7 days a week. 

Frank - 0800 776600 or text phone for hard of hearing to 0800 917 8765
frank@talktofrank.com
'Honest information about drugs' - Talk to Frank for facts, support and confidential advice on drugs and alcohol.

NACOA - 0800 358 3456
National Association for Children of Alcoholics offers information, advice and support to children of any age of alcohol dependent parents.

" If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change" - Dr Wayne Dyer

Papyrus - Hopeline UK - 0800 068 4141
or Text 07786 209 697
10am-10pm weekdays
2pm - 10pm weekends and bank holidays.
Organisation set up to prevent young suicide, which offers support for anyone up to age 35 who is experiencing thoughts of suicide, providing a safe space to talk about thoughts and what's been happening in your life for suicide to feel like an option.

Samaritans - 116 123 - 24/7 support
Confidential emotional support for anyone who is in crisis, open 24 hours every day of the year.   Whatever you are going through, call  for support. Alternatively email your concerns to jo@samaritans.org (response time 24 hours).

Maytree Foundation - For Over 18's - 020 7263 7070
Maytree’s London house is open 365 days a year for people when they’re feeling suicidal. Offer a free stay for adults (over 18), with the opportunity to be heard in complete confidence, in a caring, safe environment.

A-Z Support Guide