Mental health support for young people

Lots of young people struggle with their mental health and if you are worried about how you are feeling, we want to help.

If you’d like to talk to us about your own mental health, get in touch via PATCHS or via telephone.

If you have immediate concerns about your mental health, then phone the Cheshire Mental Health Crisis Line on: 0800 145 6485

We’ve also listed other sources of local and national support that might be of help.

If you know of any other websites or apps that you think other people might find useful, please let us know via the feedback link at the bottom of this page.

Local mental health support for young people

Just Drop In

Just Drop In is based in Macclesfield and offers free counselling to people aged 12-24yrs. They also offer wellbeing groups and family therapy.

You can contact them by text message, phone or email yourself – you don’t need a referral from your GP.


If you’re a child or young person, Visyon can help you improve your mental health so that you feel better about yourself and the things that happen in your day-to-day life.  Visyon is based in Congleton and is available for young people aged 11+, and their family if needed.

Alcohol and Drug Support

If you are having any problems with drinking or drugs, the friendly team at Change, Grow, Live can help. They support young people across Eastern Cheshire, to help you to get back on track.

You can refer yourself to this service – just visit their website below for more information.

Cheshire East Mental Help for Young People Page

For more information about local Mental Health help for young people, you can visit the East Cheshire ‘Live Well’ website.

National mental health support for young people

Health for Teens

The Health for Teens site has lots of information to help with a range of issues, feelings and worries.

National mental health helplines

National anxiety support

Mental health support websites

Self harm support for young people

Gender identity support for young people

Mermaids – Support for Teenagers and Children with Gender Identity Issues

Mermaids is a national support service for trans and gender variant children and young people, and their families. Their goal is to relieve the mental and emotional stress of all young people aged 19 years and under whose gender identity causes distress, to support their families and to advance public awareness.

Mermaid offers information, shared experiences and support for individual young people whether they are out or not. They will try, where possible, to help their families understand and accept their young person’s gender identity.

Mermaid offers their support via telephone, email and web chat or equally it may be helpful to talk to others who are going through the same problems via their online forums.

Find out more at

Eating disorders support


Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. On their website you can find lots of information & their helpline has trained support workers experienced in listening and talking to people in a similar situation.


Their helpline is open 365 days a year from 9am–midnight during the week, and 4pm–midnight on weekends and bank holidays.  Sometimes, their lines are busy. If you can’t get through immediately, please do try again or you can try their one-to-one web chat.

The helpline number is 0808 801 0677

Mental health Apps

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