Support for young people, 16-25

Free support for people aged 16 to 25

If you are a young person and looking for help with your mental health, we have dedicated youth workers who can help

We can support you if you are:

  • worried about your mental health
  • feeling anxious or depressed
  • self-harming or having thoughts about it
  • having family problems or struggling with friendships at college or work because of your mental health
  • diagnosed with a mental health problem and looking for support
  • getting help from services but this is coming to an end as you are reaching 18.

We work with you to help you understand what you need and support you to achieve the goals you set for yourself.

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Our youth workers usually offer one-to-one support at our offices and in other places including local colleges. We also support people with phone and video calls and groups. We can arrange where best to meet you and, if it would be helpful, for someone to support you with your first meeting.

West Sussex Mind is a place where I can come to relax. I had been feeling very isolated and I lack confidence. Now I come to the drop-ins and occasional one-to-ones to help give me more confidence and the chance to be social.

Group activities

We run regular social activities and our groups are small, relaxed and informal. The young people are involved in deciding what activities would suit them best. Some examples include bowling, table tennis, online quizzes and art.

The aim is always to keep it light-hearted and fun. There is no pressure to join in or to stay for the whole session.

We also encourage our young people to get more involved, either with us by raising awareness about mental health and fundraising, or by volunteering with other local organisations. These activities can improve self-esteem and are an opportunity to try something new or simply get together in a relaxed way.

Parents and carers

If you are a parent and worried about your child, you can ring us and we will offer advice, information and support to you, even if your child does not wish to talk to us themselves.

If you’re 16 to 25 and would like some help, simply get in touch and start your recovery journey today. Please complete the short referral form here.

You can also call our Help Point on 0300 303 5652 or email

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