Young People's Support

Young People's Support
     

What is “Young People’s Support”?

Sometimes it can feel like we don't have any control over our lives, what we’re thinking or how we may be feeling. In an ever changing world, together with the challenges and pressures of an ever faster paced lifestyle, can seem overwhelming and difficult to navigate.

 

You may want information, guidance, support or simply to talk to someone about your situation, but don’t know where to turn to for help. There could be many different reasons why you need support, but feel that no one can help you with your situation.

But you don’t need to feel alone. At Hillingdon Mind, we are here to help support you in making sense of the confusion.

If you are aged 16 — 25 yrs. live within the London borough of Hillingdon and have experienced mental or emotional health needs, then we may be able to offer you support.

Aims of Young People’s Support

  • To provide a time-limited service to young people aged 16 — 25 yrs. with mental and emotional health needs.
  • To support young people’s mental and emotional health recovery and their physical wellbeing.
  • To reduce social isolation amongst young people experiencing mental illness and emotional distress.
  • To build young people’s skills and confidence and assist them in accessing mainstream community activities and resources.
  • To assist young people in accessing training, education and employment.
  • All young people are welcome, but Young People’s Support also aims to support potentially under-represented groups, including the LGBT community, ethnic and religious minority groups, refugees, asylum seekers, young offenders and those with addictions.

 

What you may expect

  • Support groups: several drop-in sessions a week where you can meet other like-minded people, engage in different activities, develop your own well-being and resiliency skills or simply to relax and hang-out.
  • Community projects: engage in different fun activities, day trips out or attend educational workshops and community based projects.

 

 
  • Buddying: a mentor to support you in exploring your needs and goals, to meet-up, get out-andabout or to simply talk about any issues you may be facing.
  • Self-growth & exploration: discover your own unique talents and abilities and become more actively engaged in life, exploring how healthy eating and exercise can improve your well-being, develop your own personal support network and reflect on how your beliefs, thoughts and feelings can impact your well-being.
  • Information and signposting: we may be able to suggest other potential sources of support that will assist you with your particular situation. This may include counselling and bereavement services, accommodation and financial support, accessing employment and education and victim support to name a few.

Forms and Downloads

  1. Young People's Support leaflet
  2. Professional Referral form
  3. Personal Information record
  4. Data Protection Client Consent form
  5. Volunteer Application form

Please contact us if you would like any further information.

Pam Murphy

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01895 271559

 

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“One in four people in the world
will be affected by mental or
neurological disorders at some
point in their lives. Around 450
million people currently suffer
from such conditions, placing
mental disorders among the
leading causes of ill-health and
disability worldwide”*

 

*Source: article from the World
Health Organisation, Geneva, 2001

 

 

 

 

Could you make a difference?

Are you a good listener, empathic, patient, caring and passionate about supporting young people? Could you spare a few hours each week as a volunteer to help support a young person who may be experiencing difficulties?

You could help offer support during the weekly drop-in sessions or become a young person’s buddy. The purpose of buddying is to offer young people a mentor to support them for a few hours each week, during the initial first few weeks of attending the service. A young person can be allocated with a buddy quickly to support them in exploring their needs and goals.

Being a young people’s volunteer is fulfilling and rewarding knowing that you’re making a positive difference in someone's life. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a range of new skills, enhance your CV, receive free mental health training, a volunteer work reference and a chance to work for a prominent and leading national mental health charity within the UK.

If you would like to get involved or simply want to find out further information, please contact Hillingdon Mind. To apply to be a volunteer, please fill in this form (click here) and send it to Hillingdon Mind.