Penumbra would like to support teenagers experiencing mental ill health and emotional distress in a new location in Scotland. A project coordinator will be employed to deliver a range of activities including counselling, group support and recreational activities.
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We currently provide community-based services in Fife and the Borders, providing a wide range of services for young people disadvantaged by mental ill health. Teenagers are encouraged to take part in activities which develop confidence, self-esteem and life skills. The projects allow young people to talk about their problems in a safe, friendly environment where they are treated with respect, helping young people experiencing a wide range of mental health problems such as bullying, abuse, bereavement and self-harm. Young people can receive one to one counselling, issue-based group work, self-help groups and take part in creative and sporting activities. Often just speaking to someone who is not directly involved with their situation, plus having the opportunity to meet other young people experiencing similar problems can make a difference. In 2010 we would like to expand these services into other areas throughout Scotland, beginning with the employment of a new youth coordinator.
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