Support

Need to talk? Worried about something? Not sure what to do?

We all need help sometimes so if there is something on your mind and you're not sure what to do or who to turn to, we hope the following information will help.

We are still building BOB so we will be adding to this section. Please contact us if you can't find the information you are looking for in our alphabetical list of topics. Please also contact us if you have any other information which you think would help others visiting BOB. Thank you.

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Alcohol - Are you worried that someone in your life has a drinking problem?
Al-Anon offers understanding, help and support to anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. Alateen is part of Al-Anon. It is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.

Alcohol - Are you worried that your own drinking is getting out of control? There are specialist services that can help.

Young Addiction Buckinghamshire works with young people up to the age of 18 and their families, with issues around alcohol and/or drug misuse Tel. 01296 331933

Slough Drug and Alcohol Action Team has a Young People's Service 01753 692548

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Bereavement - RD4U is a website designed for young people by young people. It is part of Cruse Bereavement Care's Youth Involvement Project and it is there to support you after the death of someone close you can email info@rd4u.org.uk or FREE phone helpline on 0808 808 1677 Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00 pm

Child Bereavement UK is a charity that supports families when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Phone 0800 02 888 40 or 01494 568900 or email support@childbereavementuk.org

Bullying - If you are being bullied it's really important to tell someone. If you can, do try and talk to your parents or one of your teachers about what's happening. If you don't feel able to do this there are several organisations that can help. These include;

Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS).

http://www.bucksfamilyinfo.org/ - BFIS is a free and impartial information service dedicated to helping children and young people aged 0 to 19 years (or up to 25 years for children with a disability), parents, carers and professionals working with families

Childline - the UK's free helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger. You can contact Childline with any problem at any time. Freephone 0800 11 11 or Email via the website or chat to a Childline counsellor online.

Kidscape - the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. Information and advice for young people and their parents.

Beat Bullying is an international bullying prevention charity working and campaigning to make bullying unacceptable in the UK and across Europe. BeatBullying is all about young people helping and supporting each other online. The website provides young people aged 11-17 with a safe place to access real-time, online support from trained mentors, who are young people their own age they can talk to. The mentors offer support and advice, and professional counsellors can also provide more in depth support. The BeatBullying website also has useful sections for parents, teachers and carers.

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Caring - Did you know that the 2011 Census found that there were more than 166,000 young Carers in England? Young carers care for family members who are disabled or chronically ill, or for adults who are misusing alcohol or drugs.

YCNet is a website and online support service for young people aged 18 and under in the UK, who help to look after someone in their family who has an illness, disability, drug/alcohol addiction or mental health condition.

Young Carers Bucks can offer advice, support and friendship to young carers aged 6 to 18 living in Buckinghamshire. Email yc@carersbucks.org Phone 01494 463536 or 0300 777 2722 or 07805 92 0845

Counselling

Time to Talk Bucks - a free confidential counselling service available to all young people in Buckinghamshire aged 11 to 25 years. Face to face counselling, online counselling, telephone support and online chat.

NEW from October 1st 2014 - If you live in Buckinghamshire or go to school in Buckinghamshire you can make an appointment to see a Time to Talk counsellor in Burnham Health Centre. Phone or email for more information.
Email counselling@timetotalkbucks.org.uk Phone 0845 408 5022 or 07764 210398

Childline - this is the UK's free helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger. It provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child or young person with any proble 24 hours a day, every day Freephone 0800 11 11 or Email via the website or chat to a Childline counsellor online.

Buckinghamshire Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - if you are aged 16 or 17 and are experiencing anxiety, stress or other emotional issues, you can now refer yourself directly to the CAMHS service by phoning 01865 902515 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. You will speak to a specially trained professional who will ask you some questions and talk to you about how they can help.

UK Counselling Directory - www.counselling-directory.org.uk is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events. To ensure the professionalism of our website, all counsellors have provided us with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.

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Domestic Violence - The DASH Charity (Domestic Abuse stops here) supports all victims of domestic abuse in East Berkshire and South Bucks. Freephone helpline 0800 0852 654

National Domestic Violence Helpline 24-hour Tel. 0808 2000 247

Drugs - FRANK - Friendly, confidential drugs advice. Email frank@talktofrank.com or phone 0300 123 6600 or TEXT 82111, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Live Chat online between 2pm - 6pm any day.

Young Addaction Buckinghamshire works with young people up to the age of 18 and their families, with issues surrounding drug and/or alcohol misuse Tel. 01296 331933

Slough Drug and Alcohol Action Team has a Young People's Service 01753 692548

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Eating Disorders - Beat provides helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders If you are 25 or under, call the Beat Youthline Tel. 0845 634 7650 or Email: fyp@b-eat.co.uk If you would like a call back, send the text message 'call back' to 07786 20 18 20. Beat aims to get back to you within 24 hours and during Youthline open hours. When Beat calls back the number will display as "unknown". Parents, teachers or any concerned adults should call the Beat Helpline for adults on 0845 634 1414.

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Mental Health - YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.YoungMinds offers information and support to children and young people, to parents and to professionals

Time to Talk Bucks - a free confidential counselling service available to all young people in Buckinghamshire aged 11 to 25 years. Face to face counselling, online counselling, telephone support and online chat. NEW from October 1st 2014 - If you live in Buckinghamshire or go to school in Buckinghamshire you can make an appointment to see a Time to Talk counsellor in Burnham Health Centre. Phone or email for more information. Email counselling@timetotalkbucks.org.uk Phone 0845 408 5022 or 07764 210398

Childline - this is the UK's free helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger. Confidential telephone counselling service for any child or young person with any problem 24 hours a day every day Freephone 0800 11 11 or Email via the website or chat to a Childline counsellor online.

Buckinghamshire Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - if you are aged 16 or 17 and are experiencing anxiety, stress or other emotional issues, you can now refer yourself directly to the CAMHS service by phoning 01865 902515 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

You will speak to a specially trained professional who will ask you some questions and talk to you about how they can help.

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Online Safety and Cyber Bullying - find out what you can do to make your online experience as safe as possible.

Think You Know, Kidscape, and for parents or carers Kidscape for Parents, CyberStreetwise, NSPCC Online Safety

http://www.kidscape.org.uk/young-people/staying-safe-online

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Self Harm - aims to provide a safe online space to inform and support young people who self-harm, as well as catering for the needs of their siblings, parents and friends. The website also provides information and training for professionals like youth workers, teachers and social workers.

Sexual Abuse - Help after rape and sexual assault - what to do if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted.

Rape Crisis - National organisation offering support and counselling for those affected by rape and sexual abuse. Freephone helpline 0808 802 9999 (12noon-2.30pm and 7- 9.30pm)

NSPCC - 24 hour helpline service is available 24/7 for adults who are worried about a child or children Tel. 0808 800 5000

If you are under 18 contact Childline Freephone 0800 11 11 or Email via the website or chat to a Childline counsellor online.

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