Information and support for young people

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Some stories and subjects young people see and share, or might want to report about themselves, may cause them anxiety or unexpected upset.

Whatever the worry is, it's always better to talk about it.

If you or someone you know is concerned about something we suggest speaking to someone you/they know and trust - this could be a family member or friend, a teacher, school nurse or GP.

The following organisations and helplines can also provide support for young people who are upset or want to get advice, particularly about their mental health and wellbeing.

Support for young people

If you need advice or just want to talk, call Childline: 0800 1111 (available 24 hours and calls are confidential and free).

Childline can help and support young people (up to 19) with any issue they're going through, no matter how big or small, if you are feeling sad or worried, or if you just want someone to talk to.

You can also talk to a Counsellor confidentially online on the Childline website.

Young Minds helps children and young people to cope with difficult feelings - their website has lots of useful information and you can also call them on: 020 7336 8445 (local rates).

Support if you are an adult worried about a young person

If you are an adult and are worried about a child's safety or welfare or if you need help or advice, call NSPCC: 0808 800 5000 (calls are confidential and free).

This helpline number is for anyone who's at risk or is worried about any other children who are at risk. More information is available on the NSPCC website.

Other sources of support and advice across the BBC

The Newsround website has advice for young people who might be upset by the news. You can view this here.

Newsround also has a Guide to Depression and Guide to Anxiety for young people.

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CBBC's Lifebabble includes online videos and advice about a range of issues that worry young people including peer pressure, bullying and trouble at school.

The Radio 1 website has additional information and advice about a range of other issues that may affect young people - from exam stress to bullying.

The BBC's Action Line provides information about a range of support organisations relating to issues that have been featured and reflected in BBC programmes and content.

More sources of support and advice

The NHS England Live Well website has advice about young people's mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression and stress.

In Scotland more information about mental health support and services is on the NHS Health Scotland website.

In Wales details about support and services are online via NHS Health in Wales.

In Northern Ireland local information is available on the NI Direct website.

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