The Valley Surgery

81 Bramcote Lane


Nottingham NG9 4ET

Practice Boundary

Surgery Reception is open Monday - Friday

8:00am to 6.30pm

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We are now registered as a Park Run Practice.  Information on our local weekly events and how to register can be found on the website below.  We hope to see you there taking part!

Chilwell Meadows Surgery

Ranson Road


Nottingham NG9 6DX

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The Valley Surgery

Chilwell Meadows Surgery

0115 9430530

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Is something bothering you?

Have you got health concerns that are personal or embarrassing?

Are you worried about other people finding out?

The doctors and nurses at your surgery offer private and CONFIDENTIAL* help for young people of any age, including under-16 year olds.  We are happy to discuss any problems that you have, whether you think that they are big or small, and whether they are physical or emotional.

Making an Appointment

It can sometimes be difficult to make a first appointment if you have never done this before.  Here are a few tips:

*The only time we ever share information is if you or someone else is in danger, and we would talk to you first.

Coming to an Appointment

If you haven’t been to see the GP on your own before, here are a few tips:

Getting Involved: our Patient Participation Group

The Practice has a Patient Participation Group (PPG) which meets every couple of months to find out the sorts of things that are important to our patients, so that we can improve the services we provide.  Many of the group members are older – so we need some younger people to let us know what is important to your age group.  See more details on our website.

Here are some links and resources that you may find helpful.  Let us know if there are more that you would like to be added.

The Children’s Society Resource Vault: Information for Young People

Advice on a wide range of issues from a reputable organisation

Health for Kids

Health for Kids is an exciting development offering clinically assured interactive content, which provides health information that is safe and from a trusted source


Listen to people talk about their own experiences of health problems.  This site has a specific section for young people.

Healthy families The local healthy families team run drop in sessions at many schools to offer help and support. They also have a confidential texting service which supports with issues such as bullying, emotional health and sexual health. Text:  07507 329952  

Sexual Health

Sexwise This website gives free and confidential information about all aspects of sex and relationships

Nottinghamshire Sexual Health Clinics Give free, confidential advice. There is a clinic every day at Victoria Health Centre behind the Victoria shopping centre in Nottingham, and there is a clinic in Beeston at Hope House on a Wednesday 4.30-6.30  Please ring 0115 9627627 for an appointment

The Notts LGBT+ network offers support and information about sexuality and gender identity     Text: 07481344040

Help and support with unplanned pregnancies can be reached at  or by phoning 03457304030

Nottingham Rape Crisis can be reached on 0115 9410440 and is for all people over 13 who need help and support around the issue of sexual assault or abuse


Free and confidential sexual health advice for under-25s

Mental Health

Counselling services at Base 51

Young Minds

This site provides lots of information about a range of emotional and mental health problems that young people may experience.

BEAT Eating Disorders

Eating problems amongst young people are relatively common.  This site has a link to a helpline to talk about eating disorders and how they can be recognised and treated.

Students Against Depression

This site was set up to help young people understand depression and how to cope with it, especially if you are feeling that life isn’t worth living.

Kooth.Com is a safe, confidential and non-stigmatised way for children and young people to receive free counselling, advice and support on-line.

Health for Teens

Confidential health and support from your school nurse. Click on this link for a leaflet.

C:Card Nottinghamshire

Free confidential advice and condom service for young people (age 13-25) in Nottinghamshire

Harmless is an organisation that can help those who feel the urge to self harm

Apps for mental health issues

Calm Harm (free) – an app which suggests immediate ways to ‘ride the wave’ when feeling the urge to self-harm, listed under different categories such as ‘Distract’, ‘soothe’ or ‘express’. Free to download from the Apple or Android Appstore.

SAM: Self-help for Anxiety Management (free) - an app to help you understand and manage anxiety. Developed in collaboration with a research team from UWE, Bristol.SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises. The "Social cloud" feature will enable you to share your experiences with the SAM community while protecting your identity.”

Mood Tracker by Tyneside Mind (free) – “Tyneside Mind Mood Tracker is an interactive mood rating system and personal journal. Now you can track your daily ups and downs and spot patterns in your mood and behaviour: Does your diet affect your mood? How does alcohol really make you feel? Would you benefit from more sleep?” Also offers a desktop version and the option to print out monthly mood charts which could be shared with health professionals.

Youper (have to pay for some features) –  An app using artificial intelligence and a messaging conversation feature to offer instant mental health support and treatment. “Created by a team of experts led by psychiatrist Dr. Jose Hamilton, Youper utilizes AI to personalize various techniques to fit users’ individual needs. It incorporates techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Meditation.”

Free counselling outside of CAMHS


Base 51 - The Base 51 Counselling service is part of the NGY Myplace youth centre and offers short and longer-term counselling and psychotherapy to young people aged 12-25, as well as crisis drop-in counselling sessions (Tuesday to Thursday).  

Phone: 0115 952 5040


Address: NGY myplace, 29-31 Castle Gate, Nottingham, NG1 7AR


The Mix - Service for 13-25 year olds offering a variety of support services. They have a telephone helpline and 1-2-1 online chat which offers instant access to advice and signposting, online articles, peer support and discussion boards, as well as short-term telephone and webchat counselling.

Telephone Helpline: 0808 808 4994. Open 7 days a week from 4pm to 11pm.

All ages:

CALM (Campaign against living miserably) A charity focusing on prevention of male suicide.

Telephone helpline (for men): 0800 58 58 58, 5pm – midnight, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Also offers a webchat option.

Low-cost counselling (alternatives to IAPT)

Nottingham women’s centre - Has a counselling service offering professional, low-cost one-to-one and group counselling to women over the age of 18. They ask for a contribution of between £5 to £25 per session, based on income. Initial session free of charge. Offers both short and long term counselling.

How to access – Call their reception on 0115 9411 475, or go in person to the centre and ask to book an assessment appointment.


Address: Nottingham Women's Centre, 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP

Central Notts Mind – Offer a low cost, short term counselling service available to individuals aged 18 and over.

How to access: Can self-refer or be referred by a GP. First step is a telephone assessment and then a face to face one hour assessment to see if their service is suitable. They do have a waiting list but aim to keep the wait less than 8 weeks to start counselling. Initially offers up to 10 counselling sessions (reviewed after 8), with the possibility of a further 10 sessions. Session cost £12.50 for the unwaged/people receiving benefits, and £20 for the waged.

Telephone: 01623 658044  


Self-help resources

Centre for Clinical Interventions – Australian psychology organisation which has a great range of pdf self-help resources available to download from their website. Includes workbooks on a range of conditions, broken down into manageable small chunks focussing on one thing at a time, e.g. in the worrying booklet, different ‘modules’ include ‘Accepting Uncertainty’, ‘Challenging beliefs that worrying in uncontrollable’, and ‘Problem-solving’.

Download the booklets from:


 Many of these helpful books can be found for free in local libraries under the ‘books on prescription’ scheme (a full list can be found at

Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig. Offers a personal, honest and pragmatic account of struggling with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, as well as comforting words, shared wisdom, insight, lists of reasons to keep trying and encouraging tweets from others who have felt suicidal.

Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams and Danny Penman A mindfulness workbook based on the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course developed by mindfulness experts, including a CD with guided exercises and meditations. A partner app to the book also available to listen to meditations on the go.

The DBT skills workbook by Matthew Mckay and Jeffrey Wood – a DIY version of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (recommended by NICE as the gold standard treatment for BPD and for women who self harm, but often very difficult to access in the UK.) Gradually introduces the four skills areas of Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Mindfulness and Interpersonal Effectiveness, including exercises and worksheets to fill in along the way. Not only helpful for those diagnosed with BPD but also for anyone struggling with overwhelming emotions, self-harm, self-destructive behaviours, anger, unstable relationships or mood swings.

For young people:

Mind your head by Juno Dawson and Dr. Olivia Hewitt – “Juno Dawson leads the way with this frank, factual and funny book, with added information and support from clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt. Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, Juno and Olivia talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people’s mental health – whether fleeting or long-term – and how to manage them. With real-life stories from young people around the world”

Stuff That Sucks: Accepting What You Can't Change and Committing to What You Can by Ben Sedley – “A beautifully designed book aimed at adolescents that will help them deal with painful emotions by drawing on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and presenting them in ways that are eye-catching and easy to understand.”

Other national organisations

The Blurt foundation. Charity raising awareness of depression. Offers a weekly email newsletter which encourages self-care, self-compassion and understanding of depression, with themes like ‘You deserve a medal’, ‘Sprinklings of empathy’, and ‘You’re not a burden’. Also has an online shop selling gifts which encourage self-care, including ‘Buddy boxes,’ boxes full of items designed to aid relaxation and lift spirits, a ‘hug in a box’.

Mind Leading UK mental health charity offering a wide range of excellent information on almost every mental health condition, including free, printable pdf booklets such as ‘Understanding Anxiety and Panic attacks’ and ‘How to: coming off psychiatric drugs’. Also has stories and blogs written by people with personal experience of mental health problems, and Elefriends, an online mental health support community.

Also offers an Information and support line:

0300 123 3393

Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

Or via email:

Anxiety UK - Charity providing support to people with an anxiety disorder.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm)


Crisis Resources

Crisis Text line UK - Text THEMIX to 85258 to be connected quickly to a trained crisis counsellor. Provides 24/7 support across the UK and are a useful alternative to the Samaritans, particularly if a young person would find it easier to text rather than speak over the phone. Within their understanding of crisis they include not only suicidal thoughts and self-harm but also relationship breakdown, bullying, assault, abuse or anything else that is causing acute emotional distress.

Papyrus HOPELINE UK – Suicide prevention helpline, text and email service for anyone aged under 35 or anyone concerned about a young person. Offers confidential support and practical advice from trained suicide prevention advisers, specifically trained to help people to stay safe from acting on thoughts of suicide.

Call: 0800 068 4141

Text: 07786209697 or


Opening hours: 10am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 10pm bank holidays

Bipolar UK - Charity helping people living with bipolar disorder.


OCD UK - Charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.

Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm)


SANE - Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30 to 10.30pm)

Textcare: comfort and care via text message:

Peer support forum:


Drugs and Alcohol

Ask Frank - Trustworthy and honest information about drugs and alcohol can be found at

Nottingham also has a local service to help those who are affected or are struggling with drugs or alcohol. They can be reached on 0115 9560842

Family difficulties

What About Me. The team here offer one to one support for those who are affected by drug use or mental health problems in the family 0115 9691300 ext 16499   email

The Hideout – this website helps those who are affected by violence in the home or family

Leaflet for young people

Leaflet for parents