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Mental health charity launch phone service for young people in Stoke-on-Trent

A Stoke-on-Trent-based charity has launched a new free phone service for young people who need support with their mental health.

Younger Mind, part of North Staffs Mind, is offering the telephone support service to 11 to 18-year-olds in the city.

The new number - 0800 0051 445 - will go live today (18 April) and will be available every Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm.

A Thursday evening service will be launched next week (26 April), between 4pm and 9pm.

Young people can talk about issues such as bullying, friendships, family life, school, relationships and anything else that affects them emotionally.

The support and advice service will be confidential, but if it is felt that a young person is at risk, the charity may need to share information to ensure they get the right help.

The service will not be able to offer emergency or crisis support. Any young person in immediate danger should call 999 or Papyrus’ HopeLineUK on 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786209697.

For more information about North Staffs Mind, visit nsmind.org.uk.

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