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Counselling is a way for you to talk about your problems and to find new ways to cope. Our service is free for anyone aged 15 to 25 who lives in Manchester. Due to current waiting times we are not accepting new referrals but this will be reviewed every 4 weeks, so please check back for further updates.

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Unfortunately due to the surge in demand for Manchester Mind Young People’s counselling service during the ongoing pandemic, our waiting times have increased significantly. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our waiting list to new referrals, to be reviewed every 4 weeks. Please check this page again for further updates. All other services remain unaffected.

About our counselling service

Counselling is a way for you to talk about your problems and to find new ways to cope. Some of our counsellors are qualified, others are in training. They will help you talk about your problems and the difficulties you have experienced in a safe, supportive and confidential environment.

How we can help you

Our service is free for anyone aged 15-25 who lives in Manchester and interpreters can be provided. Lots of people find counselling helpful.

Counselling can help you with the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Difficult life experiences
  • Panic attacks
  • Struggling to cope
  • Low self-esteem
  • Hearing voices
  • Unwanted thoughts
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

We have also helped people who are coping with difficult things that have happened (e.g. having to leave home, the end of a relationship, bullying, bereavement and abuse).

Counselling is not about giving you advice or trying to persuade you round to the counsellors’ point of view, nor is it just a friendly chat discussing the week’s events as you would with a friend.

The counsellor tries to help you to understand yourself and others and will work to help you to find your own solutions.

I used to get panic attacks when I was with only three or four people. I gained so much confidence by coming to Manchester Mind that I was able to perform jujitsu in front of 1500 people at a competition. Imagine that!


We know that the lifting of all existing restrictions with regard to COVID-19 will for many people be a relief and be welcome, but for others it will be causing great anxiety.

As an organisation we need to ensure that we are managing these changes carefully and have a service update detailing how we will be responding over the coming months.

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