1 in 20 calls to our Mindline mental health support line is for/about a young person. We have linked up with local partners and streamlined the process to enable anyone struggling with mental health to get the right support quickly. Our team of youth support workers run 121 and peer support groups.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1109626)
During Covid 19 there was an increase in funding for adult mental health services but youth services were often overlooked. However they faced increasing challenges such as cancelled exams and schools being closed, increasing anxiety whilst they were isolated from their normal coping mechanisms. So some who had never experienced mental health problems before began to struggle. Young people are less likely to engage through traditional methods such as through their GP and can be over looked.
We have a 24/7 Mindline service that is an easy and confidential way to seek emotional support and advice. Young people can also self refer through our website and be referred by other organisations. We can then offer 121 support or peer support groups so can have emotional support and coping mechanisms in a way that is tailored to the individual. This is often a service that is needed before they can enter more structured support such as CBT and a service that can continue long term.
In the previous summer, times had gotten hard to the point where I wanted to cut myself out of the picture, you know, the worst thing one could ever do. Thanks to Mind in Somerset though, I was able to get the help I needed, desperately. I was blown away at the fact that I don't suffer alone.
I joined youth matters due to being discharged from my psychiatrist as I was now 18 and would now be under the adult mental heath team. If I were to relapse there may not be much support so I joined youth matters to try and find a service more specific to supporting people with their mental health
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