Young people and mental health – where to go for help

Many young people experience emotional problems, varying from anxiety and depression, to eating disorders and relationship problems.

We’ve recently been doing some work in Frome to find out what services are available to young people in the town who might need help and support with such issues. There is lots of information available online, but we thought we’d create this page to try and make it easier for young people to find the help they might need.

Please let us know if there are other services or sources of information we could helpfully include on this page.


Helpful sources of information for young people, their families and friends

Life Hacks

Ideas and links to support your own mental health or the mental health of a friend and includes true stories from people who’ve tried the ‘life hacks’ out.

Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.

Young Minds

National source of support and information on mental health for young people.

In Our Hands

A wide range of free downloadable resources to help understand and support emotional wellbeing and mental health issues in  young people

The Mix

Free information and support for under 25s in the UK. Get advice about sex, relationships, drugs, mental health, money & jobs. Support available online or via free, confidential helpline on 0808 808 4994.


Rethink work nationally to provide expert advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems, on everything from treatment and care, to benefits and employment rights.

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association

SWEDA provide support to anyone affected by eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder and all related conditions. Services include counselling and a monthly Self-help Support Group.


Support for young people



Free, safe and anonymous online mental health support and counselling for children and young people (up to the age of 19.)  Referrals onwards to local services as appropriate.

Young Person’s Clinic – Frome Medical Practice

Drop in clinic for young people who need advice on a range of health issues, open from 3pm – 5pm every Wednesday. Anyone can access the service, even if they aren’t registered at Frome Medical Practice (FMP.) No appointment necessary. More information on services for young people at FMP available here.

Youth Matters

For young people aged up to 25 who are living with mental health distress in Mendip, providing a central venue where young people can have one to one targeted mental health support in a warm, safe environment. Appointments only – young people can be refereed by their GP or can self-refer – telephone 01935 474875, email or online via the self-referral form.

You-th Space

Short term counselling in Frome for young people aged 15-18 years old. Phone 01373 453355, text 07340 762311 or email to make an appointment.

We Hear You

We Hear You provides emotional support to people touched by cancer or other life threatening illness, including children and young people. To be seen at WHY contact the We Hear You office to find out more or to make an appointment – phone 01373 455255 or email. Referrals to the service at Frome College or at Selwood Academy are made by staff at the schools.


Routes Counselling Service – YMCA Mendip

The Routes Drop In Centre offers support for various issues, including those relating to mental health. Counselling is offered on a 1-1 basis for those aged 16 – 25, with trainee counsellors. Email Routes to find out more.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS provide a range of support and treatments for young people experiencing mental health difficulties. Referrals to CAMHS are made by a wide range of agencies and professionals, rather than by a young person in need of support.