HYCS SERVICES - NOW OPEN FOR TELEPHONE SUPPORT APPTS
HYCS are now offering both new and existing clients the opportunity for telephone support - follow the link to find out more. And of course, we'll continue to keep supporting everyone here with ideas, inspiration & resources.
Young people aged 11-25
HYCS offer a free, 1-2-1 counselling service just for young people. Our service is confidential and anyone aged 11-25 who lives, works or studies in the Borough of Hounslow can self-refer to our service.
"We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. Our attitude is everything." - Charles R Swindoll
"The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone elses' highlight reel" - Steven Furtick
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel'. - Maya Angelou
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see" - Mark Twain.
"During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams." - Tupac Shakur, rapper
“We can’t change the world until we change ourselves.” – Biggie Smalls
"I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan
"Talk to yourself as you would to someone you love" - Brene Brown, Author
"'We can all dance' he said 'if we find the music that we love'..." - from Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
"If someone does not smile at you, be generous and offer your own smile. Nobody needs a smile more than the one that cannot smile to others." - Dalai Lama
"You are your best thing" - Toni Morrison.
“Stop lookin’ at what you ain’t got, and start being thankful for what you do got.” – T.I.
"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito." - Dalai Lama
“Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” - Chinese Proverb
"We are all imperfect beings who need one another" - Haemin Sunim, Love for Imperfect Things
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” - Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning, holocaust survivor
“Fulfillment isn’t found over the rainbow—it’s found in the here and now. Today I define success by the fluidity with which I transcend emotional land mines and choose joy and gratitude instead.” - Ru Paul
"You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think". – Christopher Robin from AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh
"Made so many wrong decisions, 'Til I fell in love with optimism.” - Dave, Voices
“We ain’t picture perfect but we worth the picture still.” – J. Cole, Crooked Smile.
"You must take action. You must do the impossible. Because giving up is never an option". - Greta Thunberg
"Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination". - Drake
"If you can't love yourself how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?" - Ru Paul
"I will not lose, for even in defeat, there is a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me." - Jay-Z
“You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.” - Dr Seuss
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - J. K. Rowling
"Be who you are and don't let anyone affect the confidence you have in your individuality" - Demi Lovato
" If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change" - Dr Wayne Dyer
"Everybody’s somebody’s everything. I know you right. Nobody’s nothing. That’s right." - Chance the Rapper
“Wherever you are, at any moment, try and find something beautiful. A face, a line out of a poem, the clouds out of a window, some graffiti, a wind farm. Beauty cleans the mind.” ― Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive
“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
"Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.” ― Stephenie Meyer, Twilight
“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain.” ― Vivian Greene
"The good driver sees the organic flow of all the cars on the road and becomes one with the flow upon joining it. The bad driver does not see this flow as a whole and thinks only of his own driving" - Haemin Sunim, Love for Imperfect Things
“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.” - Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning, holocaust survivor
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” —Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut
"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better" - Maya Angelou, Author
"Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity". - Lou Holtz, Coach
"Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue." - Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning, holocaust survivor
"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart". - Winnie the Pooh (AA Milne)
“You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
"For the kids out there that are worried about what the future holds, especially the LGBTQI+ kids, our brothers and sisters that came before us didn't fight for nothing. Trust me: we will only move forward, but you need to put your fear aside and find the strength to believe that." - Michelle Visage
"I have two hands: one for me, one for other people". - Millie Bobby Brown, actress
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — Barack Obama
"However long the night, the dawn will break." - African Proverb, Hausa Tribe
"... We must be brave, we must beware - mostly of ourselves/For the mind is like a spider, it will weave many webs/But the heart is like an arrow of light/It will pierce a hole in the dark that life will fill..." - Mark Nepo, extract from "Coming up for Air"
“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen, To Love and Be Loved
"Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead." - Tupac Shakur, rapper
"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms" - Zeb Shin
"Anxiety and fear are cousins but not twins. Fear sees a threat. Anxiety imagines one." - Max Lucado
"I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened." - Mark Twain
"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself" - Coco Chanel
"Today is unique! It has never occurred and it will never be repeated. At midnight it will end, quietly, suddenly, totally. Forever. But the hours between now and then are opportunities with eternal possibilities." ~ Charles R. Swindoll
"You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you." — Dan Millman
"Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared." - Tupak Shakur, rapper
"We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." — Joseph Campbell
" I just stop thinking and start moving - you just gotta be you" - Lil Uzi Vert
"Don't compare your life to others. There's no comparison between the sun and moon. They shine when it's their time." (unknown)
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone". - Audrey Hepburn
"The summit is what drives us, but it is the climb itself that matters most". - Conrad Ankor, American Rock climber and author
'Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life feeling it is stupid'. - Albert Einstein
'I've not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work' - Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb
In times of emotional crisis, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Reaching out to someone may feel difficult but it can really help.
Stop the balance tipping from stress to distress, check out some of the tips and see what works for you.
Gender & sexuality
A safe space to feel understood, to gain support or understanding as you explore your individual gender identity or sexuality.
Food & mood
Eating a healthy, balanced diet can really help in supporting our wellbeing in mind and body.
However you're feeling, we're here to help.
When emotions and problems feel overwhelming, it may seem difficult to cope. Reaching out to someone may feel hard but it can make a difference. You can talk to us about anything – it's free and confidential – talking to us can really help!
Need Urgent Help?
Help is at hand - check out the HYCS Emotional Crisis Leaflet for 24/7 services such as Childline 0800 1111 or YoungMinds' Crisis Messenger text service TEXT YM to 85258.
"It's when someone listens to how you feel. They won't tell you that you're wrong. You are allowed to feel how you want to feel."
"It helps you get out what you are thinking and feeling."
"It was good to be able to talk about my problems and not feel alone."