Self-Help - other and Self-Help - Mental Health
Resource type
Website and Written resources
Young people

Youth Emotional Support (YES) is a free service for young people aged 11-18 looking for support with their well-being. (Note: We must receive the referral before the young person turns 18.)

Some of the things we can support you with include:

  • your mood
  • feeling anxious
  • relationship issues
  • self-injury
  • unhelpful thoughts
  • self esteem
  • significant life event
  • anything that might be worrying you.

The type of help we can offer includes one-to-one support and group working. We can also tell you about online or face to face counselling and other agencies that can support and advise you.

How to access the service

You can be referred directly to YES by:

  • a West Sussex based GP
  • CAMHS (NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • the School Nurse Service.

You can also self-refer by phone or email.

What happens next?

Once we have received a referral we will send an online assessment for you to complete. We will then discuss your assessment within our team to see which is the right service for you and how best we can support you.

We will get in contact and let you know the outcome. We can also tell you about other organisations who may be able to help.

Is your life in danger?

If you feel that due to your mental health, you are at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please visit your GP, contact NHS 111 out of hours, or visit your local Accident and Emergency department at hospital.

The Sussex Mental Health Line is available 24/7 on 0300 5000101.

If you have seriously harmed yourself, call 999 or go straight to Accident and Emergency.

Other crisis support:

Additional information


For more information about the services on offer, please click on the links below to access the leaflets.