Support Contact Lines

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Young Writers Support

We encourage the children and young adults who enter our competitions to write about what matters to them. This sometimes means exploring sensitive or difficult topics, especially in our Teen Poets or secondary school competitions. We believe that poetry should be a place for people to express their thoughts and feelings without censorship, and as long as the subject is handled sensitively and appropriately, we will publish work containing such themes.

If you feel you have been affected by any of the issues highlighted within our publications, below is a list of helplines and websites where you can find support and information. 

Childline
A free, private and confidential service for anyone under the age of 19 providing counselling, advice and protection. They can help with anything, from abuse and bullying to exam stress and relationships.

www.childline.org.uk

Phone: 0800 1111

Samaritans
Free, confidential listening service for anyone, adults and children, 24 hours a day.

www.samaritans.org

Phone: 116 123
Email: [email protected]

Mind
Giving information about where young people can get support with a mental health problem.

www.mind.org.uk

Phone: 0300 123 3393
Text: 86463
Email: [email protected]

YoungMinds
Fighting to improve mental health services and provisions for young people, and offering advice and support.

Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544
www.youngminds.org.uk

Stonewall
Help and advice for LGBT people and their allies.
www.stonewall.org.uk
Phone: 08000 50 20 20

Papyrus
Providing confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person, working to prevent young suicide.

www.papyrus-uk.org

Phone: 0800 068 41 41
Text: 07786 209697
Email: [email protected]

Beat
National charity for people with eating disorders, offering support and information. Open 365 days a year, 3pm-10pm.

www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Adult helpline: 0808 801 0677
Adult email: [email protected]

Studentline: 0808 801 0811
Student email: [email protected]

Youthline (under 18s): 0808 801 0711
Youth email: [email protected]

Frank
Friendly, confidential advice about drugs, including information, advice and help.

www.talktofrank.com

Phone: 0300 123 6600
Text: 82111
Email: via website
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