Coronavirus advice for under 21s

It’s a strange time right now and it might feel scary or confusing. It’s natural to experience lots of different emotions. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling and anything you’re worried about. Often it helps to talk through things with someone and process everything that’s in your head.  

 

What’s happening with my service?

We’re still here to support you. Our services are giving appointments over WhatsApp (chat and video), Zoom, Skype and Signal. Please have a chat with your worker to agree how you’d like to stay in touch. If you feel like you really need to meet in person, let us know and we’ll try and arrange this if we can.

If you can’t make a session or you don’t think you need it, please let your worker know.

Also, it’s a good idea to find out if there are any changes to other services that might be supporting you. Please get in touch with your worker if you’d like some support with this.

Where can I go for health advice?

How can I stay safe if I’m using drugs or alcohol?

If you choose to use drugs or drink alcohol, here are some ways you can keep yourself safe:

If you’re worried or unsure about anything, please speak to your worker, or use our online chat service. We’re here to support you.

Help Your Mate

Lockdown is easing, which means we can see our mates in person again.

If you're getting together, remember things aren't like usual. If you need help, emergency services might not be able to get to you as quickly.

Here are our tips and advice for staying safe while having a good time with your mates. Click the links below to get advice on different drugs.

Websites, helplines and text advice for people under 21

Information and advice on coronavirus

Your mental health and wellbeing

Staying safe online

Problems at home

Resources for parents, carers and professionals

Coronavirus advice

Children and young people’s mental health

See Public Health England’s guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Domestic abuse

If you're living with an abusive partner and you're worried about what will happen, and/or worried about your children, you can contact the Refuge National Domestic Abuse Helpline:

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Keeping your children safe online

Tackling abuse and exploitation

As drug dealers compete over a shrinking market, there is a potential for gang violence to go up. You can increase your knowledge of child criminal exploitation (also known as ‘county lines’), and ways to keep children safe, with these criminal exploitation resources from The Children’s Society.

For advice to help you spot the signs of abuse, and know what to do if you're worried about a child, see NSPCC’s keeping children safe from abuse support page.