Young Persons' Service (age 16-25)

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

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

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

The counsellor was very supportive and helpful.

Counselling for people aged 16 to 25, who are struggling with issues affecting their mental health.

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 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.

This service offers an initial assessment appointment followed by 8 counselling sessions, which will be at the same time/day each week, lasting up to an hour.

To refer, please complete our self-referral form, to the right. By providing NEECS with the requested details, you are confirming that you agree to NEECS using them to provide you with the service requested. NEECS will only ever use your details for this purpose. All NEECS staff comply with NEECS confidentiality requirements.  

We aim to offer you an initial appointment as soon as we can, at which time 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. If you need to call us, we are on 07498 520 377. If you are low on credit, let us know as we can call you back.

In addition, it may help to know that, if aged 16-21, you can consider utilising the free support services available at The Junction. 0131 553 0570 


 The following are here for you when urgent help is required ( NEECS is unable to provide an immediate service):

  • The Edinburgh Crisis Centre freephone​ 0808 801 0414 (free from landlines) text 0797 442 9075
  • Breathing Space freephone 0800 838587
  • Samaritans freephone 116 123 email: (Edinburgh & Lothians Office direct line 0131 221 9999)
  • NHS 24 freephone 111 
  • Your GP