Helpful links

Do you need support?

If you are facing a really difficult situation, remember there are people who care about you and want to help. Speak to your parents, teachers, youth workers, a member of Step or someone else you trust. It really does make a difference.
Here are some links to other organisations that offer support

If you need advice on anything to do with issues around self-harming, whether it is for you or a friend, please visit their website. They are experts in dealing with this issue and have a free 7-week course called Alumina. You can contact them directly about this by emailing


The NSPCC has a 24 hour phone line (0800 1111) you can call for free if you ever need someone to talk to about an issue you’re facing. Their website has information to help you and details of other ways you can contact them.

Youth Talk

Youth Talk is a great local charity that provides free, confidential counselling to 13-25 year olds in St Albans and surrounding areas.

Grief Encounter

Grief Encounter was set up to support young people who have lost someone close to them. Their website has loads of resources to help you express your grief and begin to manage it positively. You can also talk to them via online chat, email ( or their free helpline (0808 802 0111)

Eating Disorders Helplines

Life Works, a centre that specialises in treating addictions and eating disorders, has put together a useful guide to free eating disorders support helplines in the UK