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Youth Emotional Support (YES) service

How to access free wellbeing support for 11 to 18 year olds.

1 Overview

Youth Emotional Support (YES) is a free service for young people aged 11-18 looking for support with their wellbeing.

Note: We must receive the referral before the young person turns 18.

Some of the things we can support you with include:

  • your mood
  • feeling anxious
  • relationship issues
  • self-injury
  • unhelpful thoughts
  • self esteem
  • significant life event
  • anything that might be worrying you.

The type of help we can offer includes one-to-one support. We can also tell you about online or face to face counselling and other agencies that can support and advise you.

2 How to access the service

You can be referred directly to YES by:

  • a West Sussex-based GP
  • CAMHS (NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • the School Nurse Service.

Young people can also self-refer to YES.

Please be aware: If the young person is already seeing an emotional and mental health professional for support, we are not able to work with you at this time and you should not complete a self-referral.

3 What happens next?

Once we have received a referral we will send you a link to an online assessment for you to complete. We will then discuss your assessment within our team to see which is the right service for you and how best we can support you.

We will get in contact and let you know the outcome. We can also tell you about other organisations who may be able to help.

4 Is your life in danger?

If you feel that you are at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others due to your mental health:

  • visit your GP
  • contact NHS 111 out of hours, or
  • visit your local hospital's Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.

The Sussex Mental Health Line is also available 24/7 on 030 050 00101.

If you have seriously harmed yourself, call 999 or go straight to A&E.

Other crisis support

6 Contact our team

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Last updated:
15 February 2022
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