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Email: info@no5.org.uk

Supporting Young People to Take Charge of Their Mental Health

Call: 0118 901 5668
Email: info@no5.org.uk

What we do

To provide early intervention services to prevent the development of more serious problems caused by mental or physical ill health or other challenging circumstances, by providing support and advice (in particular, but not exclusively, by providing professional counselling services), to children and young people and their families regardless of difference, background or identity who live, work or study in Reading and the surrounding area.

About No5

Since 1971, No5 has been offering free, confidential counselling and mental health support for young people aged 11-25 who live, work or study in the RG postcode area.

Our free, open access, self-referral services for young people include:

  • Up to 20 sessions of free, confidential counselling
  • Counselling in 6 local Secondary Schools – Denefield, Highdown, JMA, Kendrick, The Wren, and UTC
  • Programmes of creative wellbeing workshops such as Creative Expressive Wellbeing
  • Young Ambassador devised and delivered mental health talks and workshops in schools, colleges and local businesses
  • Young Ambassador devised content such as blogs, videos and resources

Counselling takes place on a weekly basis, and sessions last up to 50 minutes. You will always see the same counsellor each week.

Sessions run between 4 and 9pm Monday – Friday, and take place in-person, on Zoom or on the phone. You will be able to choose which works best for you.

All No5’s services are free and confidential. You do not need to be referred to us by a GP or any other professional, or have a diagnosis of a mental health condition to be able to access help.

In 2021, we delivered over 4,300 counselling sessions!

Demand for our services has never been higher, with young people being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Over 1,000 young people and their families have asked us for help in the last 12 months alone.

Reading and Mental Health –

The Facts

There are an estimated 32,000 young people aged 11-25 living, working and studying in Reading – that’s 20% of the population!

On average, 1 in 4 of all people over 16 will experience a mental health problem in any given year, and this is even higher for young people – 5 children in every classroom were identified as having a mental health problem in July 2020 alone. That’s 5,333 young people in Reading.

80% of young people who struggle with their mental health have said that COVID-19 has made their mental health worse.

67% of young people say they would prefer to access mental health support without having to see their GP. This is why No5 provides free, open access, self-referral services to young people aged 11-25 who live, work, or study in the ‘RG’ postcode area.  Young people do not need to be referred to us by their GP, or have a diagnosis of a mental health condition.

A young person accessing No5’s services is completely confidential.

Sources: Berkshire Observatory, Young Minds

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    To provide early intervention services to prevent the development of more serious problems caused by mental or physical ill health or other challenging circumstances, by providing support and advice (in particular, but not exclusively, by providing professional counselling services), to young people and their families regardless of difference, background or identity who live, work or study in Reading and the surrounding area.

    Ask For Counselling

    Complete this form to refer yourself or someone else for counselling. 

    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.

    Sam, aged 17

    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.

    Parents and Caregivers

    Although No5 is a service for young people, we understand that sometimes it is helpful for other people involved with them to get support too.

    Young people

    No5 is Reading’s service for young people dedicated to providing free confidential counselling and emotional support to anyone between the ages of 10 and 25.

    Training

    We are constantly developing new training and professional development programs to meet the needs of counsellors wishing to work with young people.