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Helping young people become mentally fit
Call: 0118 901 5668
What we do
No5 offers confidential listening to support children and young people and those around them, through our free counselling service for those aged 11-25 living, working or studying in Reading and the RG postcode area.
We offer a range of services to support children and young people, including;
- Free counselling for 11-25 year olds, offering tailored sessions with one of our counsellors. These usually take place on a weekly basis and last up to 50 minutes, and you will see the same counsellor each week
To offer flexibility to young people we run sessions from 4-9pm Monday-Friday to avoid clashes with study or work during daytime hours.
Counselling sessions take place via Zoom, Face to Face or over the Phone.
We also run an outreach program which includes counselling sessions in local schools, and our Young Ambassador scheme through which we support and train young people to deliver talks, workshops and events directly to their peers.
There are an estimated 16,126 children and young people aged between 10 and 19 living in Reading, with a further 17,775 aged between 20 and 24, making a total of 33,901. Based upon analysis by the Mental Health Foundation it is estimated that:
- 700 (1 in 10) children aged between 10 and 16 in Reading will suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – equivalent to 3 in every class.
- 2,400 (8.9%) young people between 16 and 24 will have self-harmed in their lifetime.
- 620 (2.3%) young people between 16 and 24 will have an obsessive compulsive disorder
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Complete this form to refer yourself or someone else for counselling. This relates to both free counselling for young people or low-cost counselling for 26 years and above.
It was very positive. I felt very safe and supported, able to share and not judged. Having enough time (no of sessions) to work through my problems.
The Letter Your Teenager Can’t Write You
In 2015, Gretchen Schmelzer wrote the powerful letter ‘The Letter Your Teenager Can’t Write You’. This incredibly eye-opening and moving letter is a must read no matter who you are – whether that be a young person, parent, or teacher!
Gretchen explores the emotions and reasons behind the tumultuous times and the multiple fights many young people have with their care giver/s in the hopes of making both young people and parents feel less alone during the turmoil of teenagehood.