Devon Hospitals Short Stay School

Support for Children and Young People


Childline: 0800 11 11  


Samaritans: 116 123    Samaritans | Here to listen


Shout text line: 85258    Shout 85258 (


Devon Public Health Nursing ChatHealth has been set up for young people aged 11-19. It is a free, confidential text service that provides you with support from local school nurses for concerns about bullying, self-harm, smoking, or anything else you are worried about.

  Text: 07520631722


YoungMinds | Mental Health Charity For Children And Young People

Young Minds is a great place to find advice and support on your feelings and how to look after your own wellbeing. They aim to support and empower young people through mental health challenges and they can provide urgent help via a text messaging service. 

Young minds parent helpline – 0808 802 5544

If you need urgent help text YM to 85258

Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people (available until 10pm every day).

Support, advice and information on young people's mental health, from preschool to young adults, all in one place. Signposting and resources for Parents, Young People and Professionals.

The Mix is one of the UK’s leading support services for young people. They provide information, resources and support to help young people take on any challenge they are facing. Talk to The Mix via their online community, on social, through the free, confidential helpline or counselling service.

BOUNCE! offers a number of services that can be tailored to meet the needs of the child, family and school. Their team of experienced and highly skilled therapists offer a range of interventions. Their website includes a list of crisis contacts and helpful resources.

Young Devon provides a service which is offered in centres where young people can meet privately with counsellors.

Mermaids supports transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care.

Y-Smart work with young people who experiment with drugs and alcohol. They provide support and advice for young people, parents, families and professionals and also deliver multi-agency training across the county. They also provide support for young people whose lives have been impacted by parental, carer or sibling substance use.