The Young People’s Counselling Service (YPCS) is a registered charity providing a free and confidential service that can be accessed by anyone aged between 11 and 16 years old in emotional difficulty. Common problems we encounter include family and relationship difficulties, issues regarding loneliness and anxiety, problems associated with low self esteem and bullying, self harm, abuse, addiction, distress through bereavement or loss, depression and difficulty with decision making.
There is no greater sense of powerlessness than realising that loving your child as much as you can is not enough to help them
The anguish of being told there is no help available is absolute and the frustration when told your distressed child is not ‘unwell enough to qualify for help’ is incalculable
My child is self harming-what do they need to do to get some help?’
Thank you so much-I have my son back
Without my YPCS counsellor I wouldn’t be here today
WHO defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
3 in 4 children with a diagnosable mental health condition do not get access to the support that they need.
The average maximum waiting time nationally for a first appointment with CAMHS and nearly 10 months until the start of treatment
CAMHS is turning away nearly a quarter of children referred to them for treatment by concerned parents, GPs, teachers and others.
Just 0.7% of the NHS budget is spent on children’s mental health and only 16% of this is spent on early intervention.
We are always looking to recruit new volunteers and are currently looking for Fundraisers and Charity Champions to help increase awareness of the charity across our operating regions. Get in touch to see what we do locally and if you can spare a few hours of time each month we would love to hear from you.
YPCS is very much dependent upon the support of our corporate partners. If your company would like to get involved in supporting us through sponsorship, through the supply of services or through staff volunteering, please do contact as. We love to work closely with local and national businesses!
Young People’s Counselling Service
The Jenner Health Centre
1 Turners Lane
Phone: 0800 634 4395
Registered Charity No. 1034587