Talk it Out - Emotional support service
for schools & colleges in West Sussex

Emotional Support Service

'Talk it Out' is our individual emotional support service for LGBTU children and young people (aged 5 - 25) wanting support with their emotional wellbeing.

What is the ‘Talk it Out’ Emotional Support Service?

Everyone, at times, can find things a little challenging and difficult to manage. You may feel you would like some specific support from an experienced LGBT+ Youth Support Worker to speak about your emotional wellbeing. 

‘Talk it Out’ Emotional Support Sessions provide a safe, supportive and non-judgemental place for you to talk openly and freely.  This support is not counselling and our LGBT Youth Support Workers are not counsellors. If we felt that a counsellor would be better placed to give you support, we would discuss those options with you.

Who can apply for support?

Any child or young person aged between 11-19 who is LGBT+ or unsure (LGBTU+), and who attends a school/college in West Sussex can be referred into the service for support.

What will happen in the sessions?

The worker will talk to you about this in more detail in the first session. During sessions you will explore your feelings and experiences in relation to your emotional wellbeing.

For some children and young people it can be difficult to sit and talk so we will use different methods to support you in one-to-ones. These could include drawing, writing or using other techniques. Whatever works for you!

How many sessions can I have and how long are they?

We can offer up to three sessions and we will try to visit weekly, however,  this may not be possible with half term or lesson schedules but we will try our best. Sessions will last up to 45 minutes.

The worker will book in the three sessions when they first make contact with the school or college. If you are new to Allsorts Youth Project, you will need to have an introduction meeting with a worker first.  This is a separate informal meeting and is not one of the three ‘Talk it Out’ sessions.

Is it confidential?

The service is confidential.  Youth Supporter Workers in our team may discuss your case or be able to see any information about you, but no one outside of our team will have access to this information.

Information about you is only shared with people outside of Allsorts at your
request or with your permission. There may however, be occasions where we need to pass on information about you if the Youth Support Worker feels that you or someone else is at significant risk of harm.

How do I sign up? 

Teaching staff, welfare leads and pastoral staff can refer a student to the West Sussex Schools Service. If you speak to a teacher that you trust and let them know you would like to get some emotional support from Allsorts in your school.

Please be aware that Allsorts is well established as a leading support service for LGBTU+ children and young people, and because of this, it may out you to the person you are asking for support.

If the school hasn’t worked with Allsorts before, ask them to get in touch with us for more information. westsussexschools@allsortsyouth.org.uk

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What if I am in crisis and need help immediately?

'Talk it Out' and Allsorts Youth Project is not an emergency or crisis service but we have a page here that may help if you are in crisis

Allsorts Youth Project Ltd © is registered charity in England & Wales and regulated by the Charity Commission under number 1123014 and a Company Limited by Guarantee under number 04154118. Registered office address: 69 Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AE.