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Early preventative support now available to 12 - 15 experiencing mental health problems

Thursday, January 26th, 2023 12:00am

By Barbara Constable

Young people experiencing mental health problems can now access early preventative support thanks to a new service commissioned by City of York Council.

Young people experiencing mental health problems can now access early preventative support thanks to a new service commissioned by City of York Council.

The service was commissioned following a citywide survey of secondary school children across the city, which highlighted the need for specific, early support for and young people dealing with emotional and psychological distress. As a result, the council has commissioned York Mind to provide support for 12-15 year olds, supporting an existing service which is open to 16-25 year olds.

The new service offers a bespoke package of support needs, as well as counselling sessions. The service started in Autumn 2022 and has already delivered over 250 counselling hours and supported over 44 young people.

Anyone in need of one-to-one support who is aged 12-25 years can now self-refer for online or face-to-face sessions via York Mind - Young People's Service or be referred by a professional. Demand for such early help is high and a waiting list may operate from time to time, but the aim is to keep this to a minimum.

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