Mental and emotional health support for Care Leavers

Our mental and emotional health is a complex thing and affects everyone differently. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It impacts how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

If you need mental health support, it’s okay to ask for help. It’s not always easy to talk about but there is lots of support available for you when you feel ready.

It’s important to have a support network to help you and to listen to you. You can speak to a friend, carer, your Pathway Advisor (PA). There are lots of professional mental and emotional health services you access for support and someone to talk to.

What if I need urgent help?

Call 999 – if your life or someone you knows life is in immediate danger, always call 999. They will be able to guide help you with what to do next.

Samaritans 116 123 - Samaritans offer 24 hour a day support to anyone who needs it. You can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels.

Papyrus 0800 068 41 41 or text 07860 039967 - HOPELINEUK is a confidential support and advice service for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide. Open 9am to midnight daily.

Text SHOUT to 85258 – Give us a shout offer free, confidential, anonymous text support service. You can text from wherever you are in the UK.

What support can I get in Swindon?

Here are some contacts in Swindon for support around emotional and mental health.

Your own doctor

You can make an appointment to discuss how you are feeling. Appointments are confidential. If you think it will take some time to explain how you feel then ask to book a double appointment. If you find it hard to speak to people, you can write down your feelings or turn your back.

The GP visit guide from the Mental Health Foundation gives tips on how to prepare for an appointment with a GP.

Talk to your PA about booking an appointment, they can attend with you if you want support.

LIFT Psychology

LIFT Psychology is a short term talking therapy. They offer one to one sessions and a range of group sessions, these are currently online teams sessions. They have lots of different courses to support you including ‘overcoming low mood and depression’, ‘anger awareness’ and ‘building confidence’. These courses focus on steps that you can take yourself to help tackle your difficulties. Find out more here: Lift Psychology courses 

Your GP can refer you or you can all 01793 836836 to book a space.

Wiltshire Treehouse

If you’ve lost somebody close to you, Wiltshire Treehouse provide free bereavement support for children and young people 0–25 yrs old. You can refer yourself on 0800 028 840 or email

This service is for young people who live in postcodes SN1 - SN6, SN25 - SN25.


Free confidential counselling for young people aged 14-19 yrs old including support with relationships, friends, family, problems at school, loss and grief, alcohol misuse, eating problems, self-harm feeling low, abuse, neglect, hopes and fears.

OnTrak will give you priority as a Care Leaver so make sure you tell them. You can refer yourself by calling 01793 466366 or email
Opening Times: Mon - Thu 9:30am to 9:30pm. Fri 9:30am to 5pm.

The sessions are at Clarence House, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2SG.


Kooth offer free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support for 10-18 year olds. Online until 10pm. You just need to put in a Swindon postcode.


The Targeted Mental Health Service (TaMHS) aims to support the emotional wellbeing of young people by ensuring that their mental health needs are addressed. These include low self-esteem, bereavement stress and anxiety, depression, self-harming, psychosis and ADHD.

A professional may make a referral to this service for you such as your GP, Personal Adviser or School/College.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) - helps to promote emotional wellbeing and provide treatment to children and young people with mental health problems and disorders which impact significantly on daily functioning.

Professionals will need to refer you on 01865 903480

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