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Support for young people

The York Against Cancer-funded Teenage & Young Adult Psychology Support Service offers confidential, friendly and professional psychological support to young people.

For teenage/young adult family members of someone with a cancer diagnosis, it can be a worrying time, full of challenges.

Not only are young people adjusting to secondary school, college or work, and discovering their own identity, relationships and independence, they suddenly have a whole set of new things to consider when they live alongside someone close who has a diagnosis of cancer.

Sharing problems with confidence

Sometimes, teenagers/young adults have concerns that they don’t want to talk to their families or friends about.

At York Against Cancer, we appreciate this and want to make sure that young people can access their own support to meet whatever challenges cancer brings to them and their families.

Teenage Psychology Support Service

The York Against Cancer-funded Teenage and Young Adult Psychology Support Service offers confidential, friendly and professional psychological support to young people. The service is led by Dr Rebecca Donaldson and Dr Karen Shimmon, both registered Clinical Psychologists with extensive experience of working both independently and in the NHS to support young people and their families affected by cancer.

Who is the service for?

This service supports young people (aged 12 years old up to 25 years old) with the emotional and psychological impacts of their family member’s cancer. The type of help that can be offered includes to:

Find ways to feel more prepared and supported with your own plans and tasks for school/college/friendships/ hobbies

How can you access the service?

Families can directly self-refer their young family member into the York Against Cancer Teenage and Young Adult Psychology Service. Young people aged 16 up to 25 can refer themselves independently, if preferred.

The phone and email contact details for the service can be requested from any healthcare professional caring for the family member at the York Cancer Care Centre (e.g. their Doctor or Clinical Nurse specialist). Alternatively, enquiries can be made by phoning the York Against Cancer main office. Leaflets for the service are also available on request.

Appointments are currently offered in the centre of Selby, South of York, easily accessible by road, bus and rail services . Telephone and online appointments are also possible.



Getting help

The dedicated Cancer Psychology Service for adults and children can be accessed at York and Scarborough Hospitals.

However, if you want access to support for someone between the ages of 13 and 21, please contact York Against Cancer on 01904 764466.

Alternatively, you can find out more by speaking to your local healthcare team or the cancer care centre on 01904 721166.


Young People’s Services @ 30 Clarence Street

This is a York City Council-run counselling service for 16 to 25-year-olds.

Keeping health in check

We’re also keen to teach young people the benefits of keeping their health in check. For example, HPV vaccinations are now available for young women, and may dramatically decrease their chances of getting cervical cancer later in life.

Similarly, we encourage both young men and women to give themselves regular self-checks:

If you’d like any more information on teenage psychological support, please contact us. 

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Need to contact us?

Call us on 01904 764 466 and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.

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