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Youth Counselling and Substance Misuse and Alcohol Service, YCSMAS

The YCSMAS Team has been created in response to the growing number of young people referred for counselling and/or substance misuse support with comorbid presentations. It is a holistic health service for young people that integrates two specialist Targeted Youth Service teams:

  • TYS Youth Counselling Service
  • IYPDAS (Islington Young People Drug and Alcohol Service)

Both services are free and confidential.

TYS/SEMH (Social, Emotional & Mental Health) Youth Counselling Service

Offers 6-8 weekly counselling sessions (extended up to 12 sessions for complex needs) of integrative talking therapy for young people who live, or study in Islington. Trauma informed, creative and solution focused ways of working are implemented alongside talking therapy if helpful for the young person.

IYPDAS (Islington Young People’s Drug & Alcohol Service)

Offers group work and one-to-one targeted support and treatment to young people affected by drug and alcohol issues. This service can also provide peer professional support, training and consultation to partner agencies engaged with young people in need.

Who to contact

SEMH/CAMHS Counselling, 020 7527 7400; Referrals for TYS Youth Counselling, 020 7527 5099; Referrals for IYPDAS, 020 7527 5099

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Who is this service for?
SEMH counselling: 10 to 18 year olds who live in Islington or are registered with an Islington GP; TYS Youth Counselling: 12 to 21 year olds who live, work or study in Islington: IYPDAS: 12 to 21 year olds who live or sutdy in Islington or are registered with an Islington GP. YCSMAS also accepts referrals fro you people with learning needs up to the age of 25.
Can I refer myself?
How to refer or apply

TYS Youth Counselling – you can make a direct referral through YCSMAS via email – or calling 0207 527 5099

SEMH Youth Counselling - all referrals for this service come through the SEMH referral pathway (including all referrals from GP’s, CAMHS and hospitals) via the Childrens Services Contact Team (0207 527 7400).

IYPDAS - you can make a direct referral through YCSMAS via email – or calling 0207 527 5099

Record updated: 16/11/2021