We work with 10 youth hubs in Westminster, Kensington, and Chelsea to help bridge gaps in the mental health system.
Research shows that young people benefit from mental health support in familiar, relaxed environments like youth clubs. Our approach allows young people to discuss their mental health more openly, and we can identify those who need support. We offer preventative and early intervention support across 10 youth clubs to address mental health, friendship, or youth violence issues.
young people supported.
Why is this important?
- Some young people are unwilling to disclose issues in school, but access local youth clubs.
- There are gaps in the system for preventative and early intervention support for children.
- Schools cannot provide all the necessary services and support for young people.
What’s our solution?
- Working within Youth Club environments to provide better access to mental health services.
- Offering group wellbeing sessions.
- Creating individualised care plans and packages.
- Supporting young people in accessing self-help and community support systems.
- Identifying young people who need 1:1 support.
- For those needing higher levels of support, they are referred to CAMHs, EMHP’s or non-statutory services in the community.
Where is it available?
- The Avenues Youth Project
- Amberley Youth Club.
- Fourth Feathers Youth Association
- St Andrews Youth Club
- Churchill Gardens Youth Club
- Rugby Portobello Trust
- Lancaster Youth Hub
- Harrow Club
- Chelsea Youth Club
- Earls Court Youth Club
Topics our sessions cover range across:
Low mood; Stress; Worry and anxiety; Self-care; Physical wellbeing; Emotional regulation; Stress and worry; Low-level anxiety; Healthy relationships; Navigating online spaces; Body image and self-esteem; The importance of sleep; exercise and wellbeing; Relationships with food.
Having a designated MH YW stationed at the youth club is invaluable to the service. The undiagnosed needs tend to be overlooked due to a lack of time and resources, but with a Mental Youth Worker here that need is rapidly being addressed.