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Improving the health and well-being
of people living in East Yorkshire
and Northern Lincolnshire


Summarise below the purpose of your application including the object(s) of the Trust which it fulfils:

 'All children and young people deserve to have good wellbeing, and grow up equipped with the tools they need to understand and support their mental wellbeing as they move into adulthood..... Wellbeing declines as children and young people get older. This highlights the need to equip children and young people with the skills to support their wellbeing as they move into the world.' (State of the Nation 2019: Children and Young People's Wellbeing, DfE) Locally the prevalence of mental health problems amongst young people in Hull is higher than the national average and, despite the relative affluence across East Yorkshire, MIND knows that rates of self harm, anxiety and depression are cause for concern in a number of ERY localities. MIND have been running  Young People's groups since 2016 however  funding is ending soon. 

The aims of the project are to reduce distress by supporting young people to enhance their emotional resilience, coping skills, improve mental health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and improve relationships with family, friends, teachers. During the 12 week programme the Mental Health Recovery Worker facilitates discussion and learning on a range of topics including: anger, anxiety, low mood/depression, self-harm, exam stress, confidence and body image. Alongside discussion each group will explore coping strategies such as mindfulness, exercise and relaxation techniques as well as having the chance to test out new confidence building and self-awareness skills in a safe, supportive environment. Young people can access MINDs groups without the need for a clinical diagnosis/referral. We meet each young person, following referral, to understand their needs and discuss the suitability of the group for them. Any young person with needs that cannot be met by this service is signposted to alternative support. The groups run after school hours in order to minimise disruption to the young person's education. We will run 2 x12 week courses per educational term: 1 in Hull and 1 (alternating each term) in Beverley and Goole i.e. 6 groups per year, reaching 90 young people. Over each summer holiday MIND will run 2 x 6 week 'drop-in' sessions with capacity for up to 30 young people so, in total, we will work with up to 120 young people per year. Over 78% of young people attending tell MIND that they feel better equipped to be able to improve their mental health by the end of the course and many develop friendship groups that sustain after the group has finished. Services like this are crucial in supporting young people to feel better and learn skills that will enable them to thrive. Young people have told MIND that: “I learned how to be happier” “I made a proper friend, “I learned how to deal with worries and not ignore them” “I’ve talked more” “Today gave me new ways to help my worries''. ‘Jo’ was referred by their counsellor who felt it would benefit them. Initially he was extremely nervous and anxious and so we supported Jo to participate in group activities, including giving him strategies to help him cope. By the end of the course, Jo said he was “properly learning how to manage [his] anxiety to apply to life” and that he was “feeling more confident”. He says he is now better able to look after his own health, is better able to “shrug off negative comments” and has good self-esteem. His physical health and relationships have improved and he reports having more hope for the future. ‘Becky’ came to us because she was experiencing anxiety and panic attacks, related to school/exam stress and being in groups. Becky was also worried about talking to her family about her sexuality. MIND provided support to build her confidence to do this, and helped her access specialised support from another charity. Becky said “The support from Mind has helped my mental health because I have learnt a lot about mental health. It has helped me to build my confidence and deal with panic attacks much better than before” Becky has also told her Mum about her sexuality, and has joined a local group for young people with similar experiences. Whilst these two examples were not at a point where they would have reached CAMHS threshold when they came to the service, had they not been able to access the programme it is possible that their difficulties would have become increasingly distressing and severe and they would have needed further specialist help. By providing these young people with early help they were able to avoid a possible increased negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing, academic attainment, family and wider social networks as well as their own sense of self belief, hope and self-confidence. Furthermore, it has helped to limit the negative impact of their long term job prospects in adulthood that may sometimes prove life limiting for those adults who have accessed a CAMHS service in childhood.