I feel calmer and more settled but I am still having bad days.

Being able to talk about my issues in a safe non-judgemental environment.

The counsellor was very supportive and helpful.

A support in a difficult time. Being able to increase my awareness of myself and understand my behaviour better.



Counselling for people from age 16 up to 25, who are struggling with issues and circumstances which may put them at risk of harm

Many things can affect your mental wellbeing, for example difficulties with relationships, family, studies, the death of someone close to you, not having a job or sense of purpose to your life.

Trying to cope with feelings such as depression and anxiety can be overwhelming, leading to self-harm, other kinds of risky behaviour and perhaps having thoughts of ending your life.

Counselling offers you a safe place to come and talk.  The counsellor helps you to explore and understand your feelings without judging you.  They listen and support you to make your own decisions, so you can begin to make changes and move towards feeling and coping better.

Using 16-25

Call to refer yourself on (0131) 557 4478 or fill in the self referral form.  If you are low on credit, we can call you back.

We aim to offer you an initial appointment within 3/4 weeks, when you can discuss your situation, think about whether counselling is for you and decide on your next step with the help of an experienced counsellor.


For urgent help

NEECS is not able to provide an immediate service.  The following can help:

  • The Edinburgh Crisis Centre 0808 801 0414 (free from landlines) text 0797 442 9075
  • Breathing Space 0800 838587
  • Samaritans (0131) 221 9999  or email:  jo@samaritans.org