Sources of Support and Resources

This list is by no means exhaustive, and we would like to build it up further. If you have used/been involved with an organisation that you would recommend, please don’t hesitate to let us know:

Samaritans Whatever you’re going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123. We’re here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call us.

Childline Childline is a free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. Call 0800 1111

Brook Brook is a charity with over 50 years experience and offers services around the UK offering free and confidential sexual health advice, contraception and counselling to all young people. Ask Brook – Ask Brook offers a confidential interactive text and web chat service offering information, support and signposting service Monday to Friday for anyone under 25 in the UK through:

Text chat service: 07537 402 024 (standard SMS rates apply) Webchat service: 9am-3pm and Ask Brook 24/7 tool through the Brook website:

Scope For young disabled people: Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we’ll be here.

Talk to Frank is a national drugs education service with a live chat and freephone advice line: 0800 77 66 00. You can text a quick question to: 82111. Visit:

National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) Helpline: 0808 808 1001 The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) is a rights based charity that operates across England and Wales for children, young people and adults.

Prevention of young suicide UK | PAPYRUS PAPYRUS is the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide

Other helpful resources

Muscular Dystrophy UK Trailblazers The young campaigners network, part of the Muscular Dystrophy UK, MDUK Trailblazers fight the social injustices experienced by young disabled people Twitter: @MD_Trailblazers Facebook:

Together for Short Lives Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them.

Leonard Cheshire Disability Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s leading charity supporting disabled people. Twitter: @LeonardCheshire


Research links:

Disability Studies at the University of Sheffield  Tweet @Disabilityuos A group of academics, postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers who are interested in the inter-disciplinary and transdisciplinary process of theorising disability and challenging the conditions of disablism: the exclusion of people with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments.

Critical Disability Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University

Big Society? Disabled People with Learning Disabilities and Civil Society  Tweet @BigSocietyDis

The webpages of the ESRC funded project ‘Big Society? Disabled People with Learning Disabilities and Civil Society’.

iHuman: Institute for the Study of the Human: A website for the iHuman (Institute for the Study of the Human at the University of Sheffield).


  • Dan Goodley, Katherine Runswick-Cole & Kirsty Liddiard (2015) ‘The DisHuman Child’Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education: Special Issue: Fabulous Monsters: alternative discourses of childhood in education, 37: 5, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2015.1075731 OPEN ACCESS
  • Goodley, D. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2014) Becoming dis/human:  Thinking about the human through disability, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2014.930021
  • Runswick-Cole, K. and Goodley, D. (2013) Resilience: a Disability Studies and Community Psychology Approach, Social and Personality Psychology: Compass, 7 (2): 67-78.
  • Goodley, D. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2012) The body as disability and possability: Theorising the ‘leaking, lacking and excessive’ bodies of disabled children, Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 1-19.
  • Runswick-Cole, K. (2010) Living with Dying and Disabilism: death and disabled children, Disability and Society, 7 (1): 813 – 826. 




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