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A leading mental health charity for young people

Founded in 1967, the Brent Centre for Young People is one of the UK’s first mental health services specifically for young people aged 11-24, reaching those who may otherwise not receive help.

We provide a vital space for young people to reflect on and explore their worries in a safe environment. The Centre works with young people struggling with suicidality, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and other mental health challenges.

As the primary adolescent psychotherapy service in North London, the Centre has developed bespoke talking therapies and programmes, enhancing the accessibility of our services. Led by some of the sector’s leading clinicians, we reach young people through 8 schools, the Youth Offending Service (YOS), in-house at our sites in the London boroughs of Brent and Westminster, and other projects.

Each year, the Brent Centre for Young People reaches over 800 young people through a diverse range of mental health services and projects. By offering support to young people, we empower them to overcome barriers and challenges, enabling them to live enriching and rewarding lives, as all young people deserve.

Annual reviews

We publish a review of our work at the end of each year to celebrate our achievements and to plan for the future.

Our story

  • Founded by Psychoanalysts Moses (Moe) Laufer, Egle Laufer, Mervin Glasser, Myer Wohl and Psychiatrist Maurice Friedman.
  • One of the first in the UK to cater specifically to adolescents.
  • Developed talking therapies unique to the Centre, including Adolescent Exploratory Therapy (AET), Group Therapy for Young Offenders, and Sport & Thought, as well as providing widely-used therapies such as psychotherapy and family therapy.

Our research

Since the Centre was founded, one of our key objectives has been to further the understanding of adolescent mental health and the benefits of psychoanalytic talking therapies.

Our research projects