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Introduction to adolescent mental health
Introduction to adolescent mental health

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3 Charities

What happens if a young person does not feel able to confide in close friends and family? Charities provide a range of important services for supporting mental health in young people. Their websites are often the first place people go for information.

An illustration of a person in the sea drowning with lots of different words surrounding them, such as ‘tips for living with OCD’ and ‘exposure levels too severe’.
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Charities such as Mind and YoungMinds provide support networks for young people. Mind, for example, has linked up with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, which has a network of centres across the UK that provide support for young people. Mind, itself, has a network of ‘Local Minds’ based in certain localities, and which are able to provide local support. Similarly, YoungMinds acts as an information hub, bringing together a range of organisations that can help young people.

In this section, you’ll find out about some of the help charities provide directly to young people.