YOUNG people in need of a sympathetic ear can take advantage of a new drop-in counselling service, launched in Twickenham last week.
Counsellors from Relate will be on hand at Heatham House, in Whitton Road, every Tuesday evening from 4-6pm to discuss any problems youngsters may have.
Counsellor Georgina Tan said she hoped the free service would give young people someone to turn to when life became too tough.
She said: "We're open to anyone from 13-25 years old, and the great thing about the service is that it's completely confidential, so they don't need to worry about schools or parents getting involved.
"They can talk to us about anything, from relationships at home to their own relationships with their boyfriends or girlfriends, or anything else they're feeling anxious about.
"Sometimes life gets too much and young people don't know who to talk to. Hopefully, we can fill that gap."
Anna Khan, director of Relate for Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow, added: "Many young people feel very alone and have no one to share difficult experiences with. Many issues, however, arise from difficult relationships and have their roots in what is happening at home.
"A lot of young people can feel misunderstood by the adult world."