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Use this page to find out what support services are available for young people in Leeds, from help at school to local drop-in centres.

If you are a young person (13-17 years) or a parent of a young person (5-17 years) you can now phone Leeds MindMate SPA (Single Point of Access) who will work with local services to help find the right support for you.

Call Leeds MindMate SPA during office hours on 0300 555 0324

What support is out there?

Finding support in Leeds

KOOTH is now available in Leeds

Kooth online counselling 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.

Access Kooth

Help from your school

When you’re struggling or everything feels too much you could find help at school or college.

Find out more

The Market Place

The Market Place in Leeds city centre is open Mon to Sat. The centre is free, confidential and open to anyone aged 13-25 years old.

Find out more

Teen Connect

For 13- 18 year olds in Leeds who are in crisis Open 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.every night of the year

Call, go online for support or send a text 0771 5661559 

Visit Teen Connect Call 08081001212


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Leeds provides specialist emotional support to people under 18 years and their families.

Find out more

Forward Leeds

Forward Leeds supports young people who are struggling with drugs or alcohol in Leeds. Their service is confidential.

Visit Forward Leeds

Thinking about going private?

This leaflet provides information about how to arrange non-NHS, private assessment, treatment or therapy for yourself, a relative or a friend, if you wish to do this

Download pdf

Leeds Local Offer

The Leeds Local Offer provides information about all local services for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities, including social, emotional and mental health needs.

Visit the website

If you are looked after: The Therapeutic Social Work Team

The Leeds Therapeutic Social Work team provides specialist emotional support. Your social worker will help you decide if you’d like an appointment with them.

Find out more

If you’d like to know more about how people are working together to improve children and young people’s emotional and mental health in Leeds, watch this short film or read our Future in Mind Quick Guide.

Helplines & other services


ChildLine is a free and confidential helpline. Call or visit www.childline.org.uk for more information.

Visit ChildLine


Samaritans can help if you’re feeling depressed, desperate or need to talk. Their confidential helpline is open 24 hours a day.

Visit Samaritans


HOPELineUK offers specialist, non-judgemental support to anyone feeling suicidal.

More information

The Mix

The Mix has a free, confidential helpline where you can talk about your problems and get help.

Visit The Mix

The Learning Disability Helpline

The Learning Disability Helpline can give you information and advice about learning disabilities.

Visit Mencap


Want to know more about how you’re feeling or get information about a mental health condition?

Go to YoungMinds

Doc Ready

If you decide to visit your GP, the ‘Doc Ready’ app (or website) can help you prepare for your appointment.

(Privacy info: Doc Ready doesn’t store anything that they or anyone else can link to you. We recommend you read the full privacy info).

Visit Doc Ready

NHS Choices

Find out about issues that can affect your mental health and support, including medications and other treatment like talking to a trained professional such as a counsellor.

Visit NHS Choices

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