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Advice for life

Information and advice for young people on...

Alcohol and drugs

VISIONS is the Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol service within the London Borough of Hounslow. The service works with young people under the age of 18 whose lives are affected by drugs and alcohol, including young people who have been affected by the negative experience of parental substance misuse.


  • 1:1 sessions
  • Outreach service – we can meet you where it suits you
  • Education about drugs and alcohol
  • Space to talk things through
  • Up to date and factual information and advice
  • Help with deciding what changes you want to make
  • Support to cut down, quit and gain control
  • Access and support to other services which can support you

Take me to the Visons website

Take me to other support services available locally and online

Emotional wellbeing

CAMHS – Child and adolescent mental health service

We can all feel worried, anxious and stressed about things from time to time and it is normal to feel like that. But when these feelings last for a long time you may need some extra help to cope.

Things you or someone you know might be feeling:

  • feeling anxious and scared
  • hurting yourself or wanting to hurt yourself
  • having problems with eating and food
  • having problems at school or with friends
  • hearing voices or seeing things
  • struggling to control your behaviour or temper

If you feel like you need help right now:

There isn’t a helpline for CAMHS but there are many services that offer help and support to young people.

Talk to your GP Your GP may be the first person you talk to about how you are feeling. Your GP may refer you to CAMHS if they feel this will help you.

Go to Local counselling and support and online services

Talk to Childline
Contact Childline anytime. Calls are free and confidential
Call: 0800 1111

More information
You might also want to look at the Young minds and choosing what’s best for YOU websites.

Sexual health

KISS Young People's Clinic - Specialist one-stop-shop clinics provide sexual health and contraceptive services to young people at West Middlesex, Hounslow and Feltham. These services are specifically for under 25 year olds only (under 19 at West Middlesex Hospital).

Consent - Making safe choices can be difficult for young people. It is easy for young people to be manipulated by those older than themselves and be pressured into becoming sexual when they are not ready. This applies to boys and girls. Find out more about what consent is 

Go to other local services offering information advice and support around relationships, sex, sexual health, contraceptive services and pregnancy


Abuse, bullying and online safety

Find out more about what is abuse and what support there is available to help you.

Take me to where I can find out about abuse, bullying and online safety

If you are ever in immediate danger call the police on 999


Young carers

Young carers are children and young people who take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities.

This could be for your mum, dad, brother, sister, or grandparent who are suffering from a disability, elderly, very ill, have a learning disability, mental health issues or have an alcohol or drug addiction.

Cllr Bruce with Hounslow Young Carers

Find out more about the Young Carers Project in Hounslow and how they can support you.

You can also find other information advice and support at one of these sites

Carers Trust
NHS - Young carer rights

Young Parents

Gingerbread are the leading national charity working with single parent families. They provide expert advice, practical support and campaign for single mums and dads.

For young parents who are not living with their child’s other parent, Gingerbread provide information on Finances, Education, Work and Your future.


Other information and advice

Here are a list of other places that can offer advice and information on a wide range of subjects.

The Albert Kennedy Trust - supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment

Just for Kids Law provides advocacy, support and assistance to young people in difficulty, particularly those: in trouble with the law, looked after children, those at risk of exclusion from school

Missing People If you are under 18 and thinking of running away, Missing People offer free confidential help you can call, text or email them on 116000

Muslim Youth Helpline - provides free and confidential faith and culturally sensitive support services targeted at young Muslims in the UK.

The MIX   help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to them via their online one to one chat, email or their free, confidential helpline 0808 808 4994

Youth Justice Legal Centre has been set up to provide much-needed legally accurate information about youth justice law you will find information on: stop and search, bail for children, children at the police station who have been arrested and detained, children in youth and adult courts and much more.

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