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Lagan College - Aware NI

Aware NI

AWARE has an established network of 23 support groups in rural and urban areas across the country, which are run by trained volunteers. Support groups welcome people with depression and bipolar disorder as well as carers for people with the illness.

AWARE delivers mental health and well-being programmes into communities, and schools. These programmes include a suite of Mood Matters programmes, Living Life to the FullMental Health First Aid and Mindfulness.

Aware Defeat Depression: 028 90321734

Aware Helpline: 0845 120 2961


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Lagan College - Cruse Bereavement Support

CRUSE Bereavement Care

Support agency with volunteers trained in all types of bereavement and can help make sense of losing a loved one.

CRUSE Bereavement Care: 028 9043 4600

CRUSE Helpline: 0870 167 1677

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Lagan College - Eating Disorders Association NI

Eating Disorders Association NI

Eating Disorders Association NI, provides support, information and understanding to people with eating disorders as well as their families and friends. They work to ensure that those affected with an eating disorder know that they are not alone and that support and a non-judgemental, empathetic listening ear are always available.

Eating Disorders Association: 028 9023 5959

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Lagan College - NSPCC

NSPCC Net Aware

Do you want to know what your child is looking at and if it is safe? Are you confused about the vast arrange of new apps and social media sites out there? Then the Net Aware site from the NSPCC is ideal.

It has a quick no nonsense guide to what the main apps and social media sites are out there, what they do and their potential harm. This will enable you to make informed decisions as to what to look out for.

There is also a fantastic app for this organisation which has recently been releases and is constantly updated.

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Lagan College - Internet Matters

Internet Matters

Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation working with online safety experts to bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online.
It provides:

  • Advice on important E Safety issues
  • News and advice from industry experts
  • Guidance on setting parental controls and filters
  • Reviews on the latest technology and apps
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Lagan College - CEOP

CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Organisation

It is linked in with the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to making the web a safer place for young people. It has a great deal of information on what to be aware of online and how to combat these threats.  It has a very well-known Thinkuknow campaign which is a dedicated education programme rolled out to schools including Lagan College.

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Lagan College - Thinkuknow


Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.

Alongside the Thinkuknow website the programme provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness.

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Lagan College - Parent Info

Parent Info

Parent Info is a fantastic site and is full of resources and information.  It provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience.

This service covers many difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’

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Lagan College - Childnet


Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

Childnet work directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18 on a weekly basis, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, finding out about their real experiences online, and the positive things they are doing as well as sharing safety advice.

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Lagan College - South West Grid

South West Grid

South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) have created a new page dedicated to the subject of Digital Wellbeing, which features a variety of informative resources, guidance and article to help you understand the subject and how you can support young people who are navigating through online worlds.

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Lagan College - Gingerbread NI

Gingerbread NI

Gingerbread NI is the lead agency working with and for one-parent families in Northern Ireland. Gingerbread works in developing and delivering services, which benefit one-parent families, including advice and information, childcare, personal development and vocational training initiatives.

Gingerbread NI: 028 90231 417
Freephone Advice Helpline: 0808 808 8090

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Lagan College - Parenting NI

Parenting NI

This website offers information and advice for parents in a wide variety of areas.

First Floor, Unit 3, Hawthorn Office Park, 39a Stockman’s Way, Belfast, BT9 7ET, Northern Ireland.

Support Line: 0808 8010 722
Office number: 028 9031 0891
Enquiries from parents regarding services or support:
General enquiries:

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Lagan College - Family Support NI

Family Support NI

Family Support NI: Helping you find the services you need to support your child.

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Lagan College - Minding your Head

Minding Your Head

The Minding Your Head (MYH) website has a range of information and resources to support and enhance your mental and emotional wellbeing and information on how to help others and how to access help and support when needed.

The resources section of MYH contains some very useful information, including:

  • Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing
  • Ask, Talk, Listen – a guide to active listening
  • Mental Health Factsheets
  • Minding Your Head Student Guide
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Lagan College - Lifeline


Lifeline is the Northern Ireland free-to-call crisis counselling helpline that provides immediate support for those in crisis, distress or despair and struggling to cope. Lifeline is available to anyone across Northern Ireland 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Lifeline can also provide advice for people who are concerned about someone else who is in distress.

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Lagan College - Apps Library

Apps Library

A range of HSC approved apps for fitness, nutrition, sleep and mental health and be accessed from MYH or directly on the website.

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Lagan College - Helplines NI

Helplines NI

The Helplines NI website provides a directory of over 50 helpline services operating across Northern Ireland. The helplines provide information, support, advice and guidance on a wide-range of health and wellbeing needs. The website also includes details of both national and local Coronavirus (COVID-19) specific helplines.

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Lagan College - Samaritans


The Samaritans play a crucial role in reducing the risk factors that make some people more likely to take their own lives. The charity works to ensure that people who are at increased risk of suicide are supported, making it less likely that people who do experience suicidal thoughts act on them. The Samaritans work to reduce the likelihood that people will develop suicidal thoughts.

Samaritans: 028 9066 4422

Samaritans Helpline: 0845 7909 090

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Lagan College - Apps Library

Brackenburn Clinic

(Adult Gender Identity Service) Centre for Psychotherapy

Address: Shimna House, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road,
Belfast, BT8 8BH.

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Lagan College - Cara Friend


Cara- Friend LGB&T Youth is a regional youth service for young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender, or who are questioning their identity, aged 12 - 25.

Twitter: @CaraFriendNI

Address: 9-13 Waring Street, Belfast, BT1 2DX

Telephone: 028 9089 0202

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Lagan College - Common Youth

Common Youth

Common Youth offers free, confidential sexual health advice, sexually transmitted infection testing, treatment and contraception to young people.

Address : 23-31 Waring Street (2nd Floor), Belfast, BT1 2DX

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Lagan College - Gender Jam

Gender Jam NI

Gender Jam NI support trans, non-binary, questioning and intersex people in Northern Ireland. They hold regular social meetups for anyone under the age of 25, as well as fight on behalf of young trans people in education and healthcare. They can advise on accommodating young people within your organisation.

Phone: 028 9099 6819



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Lagan College - Gires


Gender Identity Research Education Society (GIRES) is a registered charity that aims to promote education based on research into gender identity and intersex issues and supports the right of individuals to live according to their true gender identity, rather than one imposed upon them at birth.

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Lagan College - HERe NI


HERe NI supports lesbian and bisexual women (including trans women) and their families. They provide peer and social support, family support, sexual orientation training and other services.

Twitter: @Here_ NI



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Lagan College - Apps Library

Knowing Our Identity

Child & Adolescent Service Gender Identity Development Service.

Address: Beechcroft, Foster Green Site, 11O Saintfield Road, Belfast, BTS 6HD.

Tel: 02890 638 000

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Lagan College - The Rainbow Project

The Rainbow Project

The Rainbow Project provides an Advocacy Service which can help LGBT people, including trans young people, with housing problems or homelessness.



Telephone : 028 9031 9030

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Lagan College - Sail NI


Sail is support group for the families of gender variant or transgender individuals of any age who are in need of help, support or advice, whatever the circumstances. They run regular parent support meetings across Northern Ireland, and they can advise on family support issues relating to young people in your organisation. SAIL also provide training to schools and organisations on trans issues.

Address: Rainbow House, 28a Monaghan Street

Twitter: @SAIL_NI


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Lagan College - TENI


Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families.

Twitter: @TENI_Tweets



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Lagan College - Transgender NI

Transgender NI

An organisation focused on supporting the human rights of transgender people in Northern Ireland. Composed of diverse and experienced trans rights experts, activists and workers, our work aims to build trans communities, develop services and protect human rights.

Twitter: @TransgenderNI

Facebook: @TransgenderNI


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Lagan College - Intersex UK

UK Intersex Association

IntersexUK (ISUK) is a human rights organisation working to achieve equality for, and the protection of intersex bodied people.



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Lagan College - NSPCC


NSPCC offers support and tips to help parents keep children safe. From advice on children’s mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do if they are worried about a child.

Telephone: 0808 800 5000


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Lagan College - ChildLine


ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. Calls to the helpline are free.

Telephone: 0800 1111


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Lagan College - Niccy

NI Commissioner for Children and Young People

Safeguarding and promoting the rights and best interests of children and young people.

Telephone: 028 9031 1616


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Lagan College - Children's Law Centre

Children’s Law Centre

The Children's Law Centre is founded upon the principles laid down in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Centre works to protect the rights of all children living in NI particularly those who are the most disadvantaged, e.g. children with disabilities, special educational needs, mental ill health, homeless young people.

Telephone: 028 9024 5704


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Lagan College - Barnardo's

Barnardo’s NI

Barnardo's work with children, young people and families across Northern Ireland to promote better outcomes and build better futures. They deliver a wide range of services, from providing family support and early intervention, to working directly with children and families who have experienced adversity and need support. They believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life.

Address: 542 - 544 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3HE

Telephone: 028 9067 2366

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Lagan College - Save the Children

Save the Children

Save the Children works in 120 countries to protect children from harm, provide vital health and nutrition and ensure they get access to high quality education.

Address: 15 Richmond Park, Finaghy, Belfast BT10 0HB

Telephone: 028 9043 1123

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Lagan College - Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Help and support for problem drinkers.

Address: Unit 11 , North City Business Centre, 2 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GG

Telephone: 028 9035 1222


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Lagan College - ASCERT


ASCERT is charity providing services across Northern Ireland that help to reduce alcohol and drug related harm within communities. They are committed to ensuring individuals, families and communities are supported in the most effective way to deal with the challenges they face.

Telephone: 0800 254 5123

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