Demand for our counselling service is set to soar.
We are determined to be there as our local young people face not just the many usual challenges of growing up, but the challenges brought by lockdowns, restrictions and uncertainty.
Our vision is that every young person can talk to someone who can help with whatever's worrying them. With your support we can continue to provide the best possible mental health support to young people in St Albans and the surrounding areas.
We are a small but ambitious, growing local charity with an excellent reputation. For over 20 years, we have offered young people a dedicated service.
Whatever a young person is going through we take time to understand and respond. They don’t need anyone’s permission to talk to us, and every conversation is kept private. Because there are no referrals or layers of assessments to get through, we can start supporting young people quickly to stop things getting worse.
As one young person said “I was on a downward spiral without anyone I felt I could talk to - it was starting to impact on my school and home life. Being able to talk to someone openly and confidentially has prevented continual use of unhealthy coping mechanisms. Without Youth Talk I would have found it even harder to ‘get out’ of the state I was in”.
Demand for our counselling service is set to soar. We are offering over 80 sessions a week (up from 60 a week before the pandemic). We have recruited new counsellors to help us meet the growing demand but there is still a waiting list.
As a charity, Youth Talk relies on donations and funding support to deliver our services without charge and to help as many young people as possible.
Youth Talk is needed now more than ever. And we must be here for the young people who need our help. These are unprecedented times but together, we are stronger. Your support and donations will help us to fund more counselling sessions and ultimately, reach more young people when times are tough.