Mental health: YoungMinds provides crisis messenger service

YoungMinds is a mental health charity leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported, whatever the challenges.

Dealing with mental health

Sometimes we can all feel overwhelmed, but when it feels too much and you find yourself not enjoying the things you used to, or withdrawing from social situations it is time to get help.

Firstly try and talk to someone you trust, that can be a teacher, friend, sibling or family member. There are also a number of charities you can turn to.

Mental health support

YoungMinds is a charity leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported, whatever the challenges.

It is there to make sure young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger Service
The YoungMinds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.

It aims to connect every texter to a trained volunteer in less than five minutes to provide support in a crisis. They will listen to you and help you think through how you’re feeling and will aim to help you take the next steps towards feeling better.

Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

This service is powered by our trusted partner, Crisis Text Line.

Get the help you need

The YoungMinds website was created to help you find the support you need.


You can find symptoms and advice for bullying, exam stress and self-harm.

The website says: “When our mental health is good, we feel positive about ourselves, enjoy being around others and feel able to deal with life’s challenges.

“We all go through times when we feel worried, confused or down. But when it starts to feel difficult to do everyday things like hanging out with friends, getting work done or doing the things we normally enjoy, this could mean we have a problem with our mental health.

“Mental health problems are things like depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders or psychosis, and dealing with these can be really tough.

“But with help from our friends, our family and professionals, we can find ways to overcome or live positively with these challenges.”

So when you feel everything is getting too much, reach out and get the help you need.

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