Who we are

the lowdown is a voluntary Mental Health charity, providing free and confidential counselling, emotional wellbeing, sexual health and LGBTQ support services for 11-25 year olds.

We believe there is no need for young people to experience difficult situations alone.

About us

the lowdown offers a caring environment where young people are supported on their journey towards positive emotional health and wellbeing.

We’re proud recipients of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. We’re also members of the REACH partnership of five agencies – providing professional and confidential youth counselling for young people across Northamptonshire.

You’re safe with us

Our fully trained team provides safe, friendly, confidential and non-judgemental services. There are various ways to get in touch and then we will work out together how we can best support each young person.

Our 5 core services

the lowdown is a voluntary Mental Health charity, providing free and confidential counselling, emotional wellbeing, sexual health and LGBTQ support services for 11-25 year olds.

We believe there is no need for young people to experience difficult situations alone.

About us

the lowdown offers a caring environment where young people are supported on their journey towards positive emotional health and wellbeing.

We’re proud recipients of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. We’re also members of the REACH partnership of five agencies – providing professional and confidential youth counselling for young people across Northamptonshire.

You’re safe with us

Our fully trained team provides safe, friendly, confidential and non-judgemental services. There are various ways to get in touch and then we will work out together how we can best support each young person.

 

Our 5 core services

We’d love to hear from you

We are based in the heart of Northampton’s town centre so you can pop in and see us, or you can contact us in other ways if that’s easier for you.

We’re here for you. You’re not alone.

Our Impact:
April 2020 to March 2021

individual counselling sessions delivered
+44% from the previous year

referrals received for one-to-one counselling
(788 self-referrals)

young people accessed our counselling service
+21% from the previous year

%

increase in average treatment time (reflecting the increased support needed for young people)

professional referrals received (CAMHS, GPs, etc.)
–20% from the previous year

%

of young people using our counselling service reported a maintained or improved Core Score (our outcome measure)

support contacts with LGBTQ young people and their parents and carers provided by our LGBTQ services

Espresso Yourself Cafés delivered providing vital face to face support throughout the pandemic

people viewed our Instagram Lives on the 10 keys to Happier Living and main issues young people face

weeks referral to treatment time

%

increase in safeguarding concerns identified (mainly due to an increase in self harm and suicidal feelings)

volunteers and 28 student placements donated their precious time to the lowdown for which we are eternally grateful

“We understand that it can feel like a big step to take, but we’re here for you. You are not alone…”

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