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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.


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.

Phone: 0800 1111


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

Phone: 116 123



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

Phone: 0300 123 3393

Text: 86463



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

Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544


Help and advice for LGBT people and their allies.

Phone: 08000 50 20 20


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

Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677

Adult email:

Studentline: 0808 801 0811

Student email:

Youthline (under 18s): 0808 801 0711

Youth email:


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

Email: Via website

Text: 82111

Studentline: 0808 801 0811

Live chat on website


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

Phone: 0800 068 41 41

Text: 07786 209697