1 In 10 Young People experiences a mental health disorder
We know that our mental health changes all the time and lots of young people may find that at certain points in their lives they might need more support. Any changes in our lives can affect our mental health. If you are going through a transition (change) and could do with some support get in touch.
“Any new situation involves the loss of the old, known one. The beginning of something new means the end of something old and vice versa. The more unstructured, strange or unexpected the new situation is the more disorientated and unable to cope we are likely to feel. How well any one person deals with new situations depends in part upon their experiences and resilience levels. Good internalised experiences can help us to explore and tackle the unknown. They also lay the foundations for experiences yet to come, just as bad experiences leave their memory traces within us, both of which are rekindled repeatedly throughout our lives.”
(Young Minds- www.youngminds.org.uk)
Write with you
Peer support volunteers will write to young people who are struggling with mental health difficulties.
The pen pal scheme is about helping to support young people similar to each other with mental health problems. Volunteers will be someone they can write to for support during difficult times and to gain confidence in speaking to others. It is very similar to the peer mentoring but is suitable for young people who aren’t confident enough to speak face to face.
You will be sent a letter from a volunteer which will tell you a bit about them, and will be provided with stamped addressed envelopes to Newport Mind for you to write your reply.
Group Peer Mentoring Sessions
Young people who wish to access peer support can be invited to a peer group support session in their local area. The group support sessions will be hosted and run by trained peer support volunteers for a period of 6 weeks.
The groups will be loosely themed around health and wellbeing and this will be directed by the attendees and the peer support volunteers. This means that it can be flexible in line with current trends, seasons and issues the young people are facing at the time.
It can sometimes be hard to ask for help or to acknowledge you are suffering from mental health problems and don’t know where to turn. Many young people are fiercely independent and may feel they don’t want help.
However, our self management courses are a perfect way to get involved with our project and get help as soon as possible. We run self management courses regularly and it is a great way to learn more information about mental health, coping strategies and meet other young people who might be experiencing similar difficulties.
Each course focuses on a particular mental health concern, is around 3 hours long and can run from between two weeks and four weeks. We are currently running the following courses:
- Manage Your Mind – An overall look at the types of things that might be affecting your mental health and how you can help keep your mind as healthy as possible. This is our most general course and a great place to start if you want develop your own resilience, meet other young people and get to know the project workers. It is in two sessions of 3.5 hours which are spaced a week apart.
- Anxiety Management – Many of the young people we have spoken to have said that Anxiety plays a large part in their life, from general worries and stresses to being anxious about leaving the house. This course runs over four weeks and is a safe environment for you to come and learn more about anxiety and how you can challenge those anxious thoughts!
- Lifting Low Mood – This course focuses on giving you the skills you need to be able to take practical steps to improving your mood. The course runs over four sessions, usually spaced a week apart.
- Understanding Anger - Lots of different things can cause us to feel angry. This course helps people to understand what causes their anger, what effects it has and better ways to cope with it. The course is four sessions which are usually for about two hours each, a week apart.
If you feel that you would like some more support, fill out a referral form online and we will give you a call back.
If you feel you need help now or would like to talk to someone have a look at our Links page.