“Sometimes you just need to talk to someone, to get it all out your head and not feel judged or told what to do.” (young person)

Throughout our work, we have met young people who have expressed a need to be heard and valued. Many are unsure about their lives and their emotions and need a space to talk openly about “stuff” that has an impact on their lives.

Alternatives Dundee Youth provides a safe, confidential and quiet space for young people to express themselves by giving the young person a space to “download” their story and explore  their own questions and emotions. Feeling heard and understood can often increase resilience and has a strong link to positive mental health and wellbeing as a young person seeks meaning whilst trying to deal with life, its challenges, and its transitions.

Through active listening and helping the young person ‘hear’ what they are saying themselves we seek to empower young people by  building the self-awareness and emotional intelligence needed to maintain positive wellbeing. All of our team receive supervision, are trained in effective listening and all have the COSCA certificate in counselling skills.

Each young person will be allocated to a dedicated and trained adult ‘Listener’, and will have the option of up to eight 30-50 minute sessions as part of the listening service.

Referral Criteria

‘Download’ is an early intervention support service and available to those who are not already receiving counselling or mental health support from another service.

Sometimes we recognise that we can not offer the level of support that a young person needs. In this case we can signpost to another service with the permission of the young person and/ or carers.

Young people can access “Download” if they:

  • are aged from 12, up to 25 years old. (sorry, but our generic listening service is not available to those 25 and over)
  • are concerned about how they feel about themselves
  • are facing a difficult situation that is happening now
  • have a big decision to make and unsure what to do
  • are struggling with friendships or relationships

If you would like to book some listening space or know someone that does, please contact us on 01382 221112, text: 07594 145618 or email info@alternativesdundee.co.uk