The Young People’s Counselling Service (YPCS) is a registered charity providing a free and confidential service that can be accessed by anyone aged between 11 and 18 years old in emotional difficulty. Common problems we encounter include family and relationship difficulties, issues regarding loneliness and anxiety, problems associated with low self esteem and bullying, self harm, abuse, addiction, distress through bereavement or loss, depression and difficulty with decision making.
Our waiting list is open. We currently have an 8 – 12 week wait for most of our appointments.
WHO defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
3 in 4 children with a diagnosable mental health condition do not get access to the support that they need.
The average maximum waiting time nationally for a first appointment with CAMHS and nearly 10 months until the start of treatment
CAMHS is turning away nearly a quarter of children referred to them for treatment by concerned parents, GPs, teachers and others.
Just 0.7% of the NHS budget is spent on children’s mental health and only 16% of this is spent on early intervention.