Alternative Support Services

When private therapy isn't your first choice, countless organizations can provide the assistance you need, tailored to different circumstances and needs. We have listed free counselling services, low cost services and services for different age groups or specific issues.

1. Support For Young People


  • An online mental wellbeing community, BACP-accredited for young individuals.
  • Magazine, Discussion boards, Messages or live chats, Daily journal.


  • Support for young individuals facing eating disorders.
  • Youthline: 0808 801 0711
  • Studentline: 0808 801 0811
  • Email options available for both under 18 and for students.

Getting It On

  • Services focusing on sexual and mental health issues, drugs & alcohol, and relationship challenges for ages 13-19.

2. Adult Mental Wellbeing

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

  • Charity initiative against depression and suicide.

Support After Suicide

  • Assistance for those bereaved by suicide.

Blackmindsmatter Charity UK

  • Counselling for Black or Black mixed heritage individuals.

Frontline Therapists

  • Low-cost counselling and online drop-in services.

3. Workplace & Family Support

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)

  • Support against workplace bullying and harassment.

Family Lives

  • Parenting advice on a range of subjects.

4. Grief & Bereavement Services

Child Bereavement UK

  • Support during child bereavements.

Support After Suicide

  • Assistance for those grieving post suicide.

5. Abuse & Violence Support

National Domestic Violence Helpline

  • For women and children, available 24/7.

RASASC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre)

  • Support for women and girls aged 13+ in South London.

SafeLine & Survivors UK

  • Support for men, boys, and non-binary individuals affected by sexual violence.

6. Specialized Groups & Elders

The Silverline

  • Services for those aged 60 and above.

One in Four

  • Support for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, abuse, and trauma.

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