Whatever you are worried about or facing, we are here to help.

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Talking about how you’re feeling with a counsellor can help. Watch this short film to see how counselling with Stop.Breathe.Think. works:


If you are a young person aged 8 to 21, click on the button below to answer some questions. If you are eligible for support, you’ll be sent a link to book an appointment with our mental health assessment team. This appointment is an informal chat on Zoom to explain the service. If you are happy to start counselling, we can continue the call and get you signed up. We will ask you a few questions about how you are feeling and what brings you to us. This is so we can assign you to a counsellor who understands your needs.

Due to funding we have received, we are pleased to be able to offer free counselling (without proof of benefits required) in the below locations.  If you are living in one of these areas and eligible for counselling, please click below to complete a referral.

Appointments are made available every Monday morning for the following 2 weeks ahead. So, if you see no availability, check back on the following Monday.

If you have a question, please contact admin@stopbreathethink.org.uk.

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We also have a free text support service

If you would like to talk to someone right now or if you aren’t ready to have a chat just yet text: BREATHE to 85258 to message a trained volunteer. This is available 24/7, so just text whenever you feel like you need to get something off your chest.

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How does the counselling work and who will I be talking to?

You make an appointment with our mental health assessment team on our website. If you would like to start counselling with us, your counsellor will contact you within 5 days after the assessment call to arrange your first session. You will have 6 sessions with your counsellor. They will last 50 minutes and you will speak to the same counsellor every week. All sessions take place virtually either on the phone or via videocall.

If you are struggling in between your counselling sessions, you can access our  ‘wellbeing drop in’ sessions, which are available Monday – Thursday 9am-7pm or on Fridays 9am-5pm. These are short 30 minute calls with the on call counsellor.

If you are struggling during the night or on weekends you can text BREATHE to 85258 to message a trained volunteer. Our text service is available 24/7.

Our counsellors are all committed to and passionate about supporting children and young people, whatever you are going through.

Guides and advice

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Having someone to talk to about how awful I have been feeling really helped, especially as I felt like I didn't have anyone else I could talk to. There was no judgement and my counsellor was empathetic, which is important to me and helped me to open up.”


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