About This Service
We work to enable young people living in Brent who are experiencing or at risk of developing mental health difficulties. Our young people are supported to develop their managing and coping skills, build resilience, and develop their interests and networks in order to reduce isolation, and improve their wellbeing and life chances.
We provide practical and emotional support and activities including regular peer group sessions, creative workshops, a gardening programme, drop in services and a youth advisory board. These are available to any young person between the ages of 13 and 25 experiencing mental health problems. We support young people at risk of developing mental health difficulties including Looked After Children, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender young people and anyone else at particular risk.
What We Do
Targeted work take places through the following activities:
- Peer Support Group- a space for young people to both receive and provide encouragement, comfort and guidance
- Creative Wellbeing Workshops- workshops with different theme each month (e.g. drama therapy, spoken words, vocal freestyling, mindfulness and meditation, creative art, positive body image)
- Gardening Group (age +18)- A group which enables individuals to learn how to grow plants and vegetables in a safe and clean environment provided by Harlesden Town Gardens
- Brent Mind’s Youth Advisory Board- a board consisting of young people (ages 13-30) coming together regularly to discuss the delivery and development of all services at BWW Mind
Service Times: Social Development Groups and Sessions: Monday and Thursday 10am to 6pm, Friday 10am to 5pm
Advisory Board Sessions: Monday 6pm to 8pm every six weeks
Creative Wellbeing Workshops: 4pm tp 6pm last Monday of the month
Peer Support Group Sessions: Thursday 4pm to 5.30pm
How To Access This Service
You can apply directly or be referred by your GP, social worker, care coordinator or another health or education professional.
We will require further information about your needs to ensure that the service is safe and suitable for you. This will usually include a risk assessment to be completed by a professional working with or supporting you.
Tel: 020 7604 5181
A Case in Point
When Jason first joined the Young People’s Service in Brent he was experiencing emotional distress. We supported him to join the Like Minded youth mentoring programme. Jason had been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder and was presenting symptoms of anxiety. But he was a determined young man, keen to develop his social skills, to be more independent and to explore educational interests together with his mentor. This is how Jason described his journey with Like Minded:
I wanted to have someone for support. I cannot solely rely on my parents or brothers. I feel happy with Kevin, my mentor. I think mentoring has benefited me a lot, I can share personal feelings with him. We have good conversations, which I was unable to have with previous support services. I feel I have a better social time at school. With Kevin it seems upbeat and fun. I feel more happy these days.
Jason has been making steady progress since he started meeting his mentor. His mental wellbeing continues to improve.