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Brilliant Theatre partners with Youth Talk


At BRILL!ANT, we've always believed in nurturing more than just theatrical talent. The importance of good mental health and wellbeing has always been one of our guiding principles as a company. So we're excited to announce our new affiliation with the incredible charity, Youth Talk.


Youth Talk provides free, confidential counselling to 13-25 year olds who live, work or study in St Albans, Harpenden and surrounding villages.

For young people, sometimes life can feel completely overwhelming. Without someone to talk to, it can feel impossible to cope.

Youth Talk has been supporting young people for over 26 years. They believe that every local young person should be able to talk confidentially to someone about whatever’s on their mind. Youth Talk focus on early intervention to reduce mental health problems in later life.


Youth Talk is an organisation for the community and driven by the community. As a charity, Youth Talk relies on the generous support of our community to deliver counselling services without charge and to help as many young people as possible.


Rachel Simkin – Fundraising Manager

“We are super excited that Brilliant Theatre have chosen to support Youth Talk, their local charity. We love the way the whole team at Brilliant are proactive in supporting mental health through performing.


Brilliant Theatre brings young people together, providing them with a safe and creative space to perform. The creative outlet aligns perfectly with the goals of Youth Talk, which offers free and confidential counselling to young individuals aged 13-25. Counselling is a way of talking and listening that helps you make sense and deal with your thoughts and feelings.


We look forward to supporting one another in the year ahead as Youth Talk strives to help more young people. Together we are stronger."

Here at Brilliant, all our core staff members are mental health first aid trained by MHFA England. By fostering an open and accepting space, we encourage our young participants to reach out for support and are able to point them towards further help if needed. We have always maintained the importance of prioritising mental health in our students, particularly as the last few years have been incredibly difficult for so many of them.

Our affiliation with Youth Talk is a testament to the values we hold dear. We share a vision of a world where mental health is openly discussed and supported, and help can be easily accessed by those who need it. We feel so thankful we have the support and expertise of Youth Talk as an additional resource for our students to access.



We are so excited to work with Youth Talk to create a positive impact on our young community. As we move forward, Youth Talk will be one of many charities we support via ticket sales and other initiatives.


Do something amazing today! Get involved. Support our young people today.

For more information about the charity, and to donate please click HERE 


If you, or someone you know needs help, please see below for more information on contacting Youth Talk.

Call: 01727 868684


Youth Talk is not a Crisis Service

For immediate help in an emergency dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.

If you are a young person needing emergency help, are feeling suicidal or are seriously concerned about someone else please dial 999.

  Other services that might be useful in an emergency are:

  • Samaritans – Call 116 123 to talk or email: for a reply within 24 hours.

  • Shout Crisis Text Line – Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the text support line (or if you are under 19 years text “YM”.)

  • Childline – if you’re under 19, you can call 0800 1111 to talk to the helpline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.

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