What can Youth Talk offer GPs, teachers and other professionals working with young people?

Adolescence is a journey of self- discovery. This brings with it new experiences and change, that impact both on the young person, and on the lives of others. Some teenagers experience difficulties and or mental health issues, making it hard for all those supporting them.

Mental health issues can include challenging behaviour, depression, self-harm and eating disorders. MindEd (E-learning) can help give you the confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, improving outcomes for the young people concerned.

If you are a teacher you may find this website a useful tool for identifying such issues or this page if you are a GP.

I am concerned the young person has a mental health issue, what can I do next?

If you are a teacher, GP or other professional who is concerned about the mental health of a young person and believe counselling could help, then talking to one of the clinical reception staff at Youth Talk could help. They can tell you more about the free counselling and services we offer young people.

However, a referral can only go ahead once the young person him/herself contacts us. S/he can contact us through our website. Or telephone 01727 868684. Email:

Do I or the young person have to pay?

Youth Talk is a registered charity offering counselling and therapeutic services to young people between 13-25 olds, who live, work or attend school in the District of St Albans.

Although we do not charge a fee, it costs us money to provide the counselling. Currently, we are offering more than 60 counselling sessions each week and we urgently need funds. If you feel you can help us by making a regular donation, please click here. If you cannot give a regular donation, please consider giving a one-off donation.

If you would like to join the Friends of Youth Talk and become a volunteer please click here.

Our counselling services are available to young people aged between 13 and 25 who live, work or attend school/college in the District of St Albans (Harpenden, London Colney, Redbourn, St Albans, Sandridge and Wheathampstead).

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