It’s great because it doesn’t look like a mental health project as people use the building for different reasons.

Marcos' Story

When I first came to Britain I didn’t speak any English and I was very scared. A friend told me about YASP and that they would help me. When I came to YASP I had no money and was very worried about the future. Living independently was a big challenge. I had a Caseworker who helped me sort out money. I wanted to keep myself busy and so he started volunteering in the YASP café and I quickly made friends.

YASP helped me to stay positive and enabled me to fill my time. I have now learnt English and my contact with people at YASP has helped enormously with this. I managed to complete a course at the Science and Technology college and I plan to go to university in September. I have had no contact with my family in Angola and at first I was terribly homesick, and I still think a lot about things that happened to me in the past, but with the support and friendships at YASP I am now learning to live with this.

About YASP

YASP has been designed with young people to help 15-25 year olds when they are struggling. All services are free and include counselling, mentoring, befriending, advice, volunteering and an internet café with free internet access. Our phone number is 0161 221 3054.

We can help you if you are struggling with money, housing, confidence or even if you are feeling lonely or like you can’t cope. YASP is the part of Manchester Mind that is specifically for 15-25 year olds. Due to our funding we are only able to help young people who live in Manchester or who are homeless in Manchester. If you are over 25 then there are plenty of other services within Manchester Mind that can help you. All of these are listed under the 'How we help' part of this website. Alternatively, you can phone 0161 769 5732 if you are over 25.

Importance notice about Counselling services

Unfortunately YASP’s Counselling Service is temporarily unable to accept new referrals.

We have made the decision not to accept any new referrals from 21st September 2017 due to the length of our current waiting list. Our Counsellors are currently working hard to reduce the waiting list so that young people are not waiting a long time to access the serves. Anyone who has already been referred and is on the waiting list will be seen.

YASP’s Counselling Service will reopen for new referrals as soon as possible and we are really sorry for the inconvenience and for not being available at this time. Please check back on this website for an update. YASP’s Advice Service, Befriending and Mentoring Service and the YASP Café are open and accepting referrals so please do get in contact if you need support from them.

Please consider the following free counselling services (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL LIST):

42nd Street

0161 228 7321

Based at The Space, 87-91 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester M4 5AG (young people aged 13-25 in Manchester, Salford and Trafford)

Community Counselling Service

Run by Community Development Initiative and based at Oakland House, Talbot Road, Old Trafford M16 0PQ.

Tel: 0161 881 0007 or 07788 414 771

Email: (people aged 18 and over in Manchester and Trafford)

Self Help Services:

Based at the Zion Centre, 339 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 4ZY and also Oakland House, Talbot Road, Old Trafford M16 0PQ. Tel: 0161 226 3871

Email: (young people aged 16 and over in Greater Manchester)

TLC St Luke’s:

Tel: 0161 273 1538

Based at St Luke's Church and Neighbourhood Centre, Guidepost Road, Longsight Manchester M13 9HP.

Email: ( people aged 18 and over in Manchester)

Respect For All Counselling Service

Tel: 07902 223 743

Based in Chorlton (young people aged 16 and over who have a learning disability or an autistic spectrum condition)

Kooth online counselling service

online counselling for young people aged 11-19

Please also check out our partner organisation:


Support with mood problems and emotional distress. 36 New Mount St, Manchester M4 4DE.

They offer: 6-week course with ongoing support sessions; mentors; recovery workshops (Anxiety Management, Self-esteem and Assertiveness, Sleep, Anger Management, Management of Psychosis (Funny Feelings), Mood Management). Helpline staffed from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday - 0161 832 37 36.

Online and Skype support - contact them on or

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Recovery Academy:

Free educational courses and resources for people with mental health and substance misuse problems, their families and carers as well as health care professionals. All courses focus on supporting people with their recovery and promote good health and wellbeing.

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