Services in Leeds for young people

This page is aimed at supporting professionals who work with young people. It shows key services in the city supporting children and young people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. We’re working with local service providers to make sure our information is in line with their service delivery during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out what services are available to children and young people in Leeds or get urgent help.

MindMate SPA

There is a Single Point of Access (SPA) in Leeds, which you can contact if you need to refer a young person or want some support or advice about referral. Families and young people themselves can make self-referrals through SPA, by calling 0300 555 0324 during office hours or completing the online form.

KOOTH online counselling

Kooth has been commissioned by NHS Leeds CCG from December 2018 and is a free, safe and anonymous service for 11-18 year olds where young people can chat 1-2-1 with counsellors, access self-help articles 24/7 and connect with peers through live moderated forums. Young people can access Kooth directly.

Teen Connect

Teen Connect provides out of hours support for young people in Leeds (11-18years) who feel they are in mental health crisis.  Open 3.30 p.m. – 2 a.m. every night of the year – young people can call or get online support. Provided by Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Services in partnership with The Market Place.

Safe Zone

Safe Zone offers crisis support for 11-17 year olds in Leeds every Monday, Thursday and Sunday 6-9pm. To make a referral, call 0113 8198189. The phone line will be open 5.00 -8.30. Referrals run on a first come first service basis.

Night OWLS

Night OWLS is a confidential support line, 8pm–8am every night for all children, young people, and parents/carers in West Yorkshire – Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield. The service is delivered by Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service. Call Night OWLS on 0800 1488244

MindMate Wellbeing

‘MindMate Wellbeing’ is school cluster-based mental health support (also previously known as TaMHS). It can help you by providing consultation for professionals and face-to-face support for young people as well as broader access to other services in the cluster. This can be usually accessed where the child or young person attends school through the young person’s school or MindMate SPA.

Health and Wellbeing Service

1-1 Mentoring Support: This support is available, at no cost, to secondary schools and settings across the city, who work with young people aged 11- 18. Please note, the service only takes referrals from schools and services Find out more

School Nurses

School Nurses can support your work with the young person. This service can be accessed through the young person’s school.

GP support

The young person’s GP (General Medical Practitioner) can offer confidential and regular support for a wide range of health problems, including the psychological distress and physical injuries of self-harm. Although not an emergency service, quick access to advice and, if necessary, an appointment, should usually be available for urgent matters.

Forward Leeds

If the young person is using alcohol or drugs, you can contact Forward Leeds’ Young People’s Drug & Alcohol Service online or on 0113 887 2477.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provide assessment and therapy to children and young people up to the age of 18 who have emotional or behavioural problems or other mental health difficulties. CAMHS teams, locations and more information can be accessed through the MindMate SPA.

The Market Place

The Market Place is  a drop in, counselling and support centre for 11 – 25 year olds in Leeds city centre. Access is by self referral via the Market Place.

Leeds CAMHS Crisis Call line

(Launched Nov 2021)

For young people struggling to cope and parents worried about their child. The Freephone Crisis Call Line to support children and young people whatever the circumstances by listening, supporting, advising and signposting. Our team will ensure that all callers receive an efficient and timely response for anyone up to aged 18 years in critical moments, so that you get fast access to help when needed. Leeds CAMHS Crisis Call is open 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 0800 953 0505.


Early Intervention in Psychosis Team Service (Aspire) work with young people aged 14 to 35, currently experiencing their first episode of psychosis, and who are living in Leeds or registered with a Leeds GP. To make a referral or for an informal discussion, you can contact 0113 200 9170.

Education Psychology

The Education Psychology team can support you and your colleagues to work out how to respond to this issue with individual young people and across the school. You can contact them on 0113 395 1039.

Leeds Young People's Mediation Service

Leeds Young People’s Mediation Service (Gipsil, The Beck) aims to improve the relationship between parent/ carers and their young person. Available to young people aged 10-18 and their families.

The Therapeutic Social Work team

The Therapeutic Social Work team is staffed by social workers, therapists and psychologists and operates on a city-wide basis. If the young person is looked after; a care leaver (up to 25 years old); subject to a child protection plan or supervision order; you can talk to the team about how to access therapeutic support on 0113 3781800. They may already be aware of the child or young person who you’re concerned about. Find out more via our one-minute guide to the Leeds Therapeutic Social Work team.

Care Leavers

If the young person is a care leaver, they can access an additional service at The Market Place. Details of this service can be shared by their social worker or PA. You can find out more about The Market Place in this short video, above.

Leeds Bereavement Service

Child Bereavement UK Leeds offers support to children and young people who have been bereaved of a close family member. The service is for Leeds young people up to and including age 18, providing general advice, advocacy, one to one and group support. As a result of the government advice during the coronavirus outbreak, premises are now closed; however, staff are working remotely and are continuing to provide support to families by telephone and digital means. Contact them by phone 01133 503598, on email or visit them online at Child Bereavement UK Leeds

Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service

LSLCS provides emotional support to people in crisis aged 16+. The team can be contacted on 0113 260 9328 or visit Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service.

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service or LMWS (formally knows as IAPT) can support people from 17 years and provide mental health support and a range of psychological therapies to help people who are struggling with anxiety and depression.

Emergency Department (A&E)

If someone has seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose, it is important that they get immediate medical treatment from the Emergency Department (also known as A&E). In an emergency, call 999.

Public Health Resource Centre

Health promotion resources available free to professionals. Visit their website or call 0113 29 53081.

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Useful links


A site offering bite-size chunks of e-learning, designed to give you the confidence to identify a mental health issue.


School Wellbeing

A Leeds website aimed at professionals, particularly those in education.

School Wellbeing


A service for children and young people under 18 and their families.