Looking for help: Young people

What we do

We all go through periods in our life when we feel sad, anxious or stressed. When these feelings start to get in the way of our daily life or impact upon our relationships with the people around we may need some extra support.  Knowing how or who to ask for help can be hard, but it’s important that we don’t keep these feeling to ourselves. 

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families provides therapy services for young people aged 12 – 18 years. We have team of friendly and professionally trained clinical staff with years of experience helping with a range of problems.

Who we help

We provide a range of different types of support for children, young people, parents and their families. These include:

  • Low mood or depression
  • Difficulty managing your thoughts, feelings or behaviour
  • Distressing or traumatic events
  • Experience of abuse and neglect
  • Struggling with family or peer relationships

You don’t need to wait until you cannot cope before speaking to a professional. If our Centre cannot help you directly then we will do our best to point you in the direction of other help that is available to you.  

We accept self-referrals or referrals from parents, GPs, social workers, teachers or mental health professionals.

What to do in an emergency

If you feel that you, or someone you know, needs urgent help and may be at risk of harming themselves or others, it is important that you contact your GP, your local NHS walk-in-centre (England only) or closest A&E department straight away. 

See also Crisis and Emergency information from NHS England, Mental Health emergency from NIDirect (Northern Ireland), Medical Emergencies on NHS 24 (Scotland) and Medical Emergencies on NHS Direct Wales.


We realise that there are things you might want to talk about that you might not want your parents to know. We respect this, and what you tell us stays private unless we become very concerned about your safety or the safety of others. 

How to find out more

If you would like to find out more information or have a question, you can call our reception and ask to speak to one of our clinical support team who would be happy to talk to you.

Telephone:         +44 (0)20 7443 2313

Email:                 referrals@annafreud.org

Further information about our services can be found on Our Clinical Work and Projects pages. 

General support and advice:  On My Mind

On My Mind is a new section of the Anna Freud Centre website which aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.  It has been co-produced with young people to help other young people and includes the Youth Wellbeing Directory, where you can find free mental health support local to you, and sections on understanding referrals, working with services and self-care strategies.