For information, support and advice on any mental health issues, there are four key starting points. We have read and recommended them and the links that they then provide, as they are written specifically for young people.
It’s best to look through them and see what makes most sense and what is most helpful to you.
Step Two is about finding people and telling people about your problem.
If you are from one of the five boroughs in which we operate and are affected by self-injury, then there are some local places you can go for help and support. These are called our No Secret Groups, these were created to provide support for those affected by self-injury and those who may have experienced this in the past and want to help others. To find out more, visit:
The Knowsley group meets every Tuesday 3-5pm at the Dudley Wallis Centre, Delph Lane, Whiston.
For more information on the Knowsley group you can call 07843 087661.
The Halton group meets every Friday 2-4pm at St John’s Unit, Alforde Street, Widnes, WA8 7QA.
For more information call 07403 476415.
The St Helens group meets every Wednesday 6-8pm in the Millennium Drop-in Lounge, Bickerstaffe Street, St Helens, WA10 1DS.
For more information on this group call 07403 476415.
The Warrington group meet every Tuesday 1-3pm at the Warrington Disability Partnership, The Centre for Independent Living, Beaufort Street, Warrington, WA5 1BA.
For more information on the Warrington group call 07718 209788.
The Wigan group meets every Wednesday 6-8pm at Platt Bridge Community Zone, 81 Ribble Road, Wigan, WN2 5EG.
For more information call 07809618267.
So, Step One is all about telling everyone who you are. Step Two is about finding what works best for you.
If you live in, or near, Warrington, Wigan, Knowsley, Halton or St Helens then you can call 5BP’s Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services, or visit their website at www.5boroughspartnership.nhs.uk.
Here’s some national links which are well worth looking at:
Confidential telephone counselling for any child or young person with a problem.
Freephone: 0800 1111 (24 hours)
A leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. There are excellent sections on information and advice, with a comprehensive list of publications, websites & helplines.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
The website has a specific section for young people with factsheets about mental health problems and a list of useful advice and links.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence publishes guidelines on some of the difficulties mentioned here about high quality, evidence based care for patients using the National Health Service.