What is Young Minds Matter?

The Young Minds Matter Service provides a range of comprehensive and multi-disciplinary community based mental health and emotional wellbeing services for children and young people in North East Lincolnshire.

The services is made up of highly skilled and experienced staff, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, group workers and practitioners.

The service also includes employed peer support workers with lived experience of mental health and emotional wellbeing challenges to aid and support our service users.

Who is it for?

All children and young people up to their 19th birthday who are resident and or registered with a GP within the the North East Lincolnshire area can access the Young Minds Matter service.

It may be you are looking to refer to the service if you have concerns about a child or young persons mental health or emotional wellbeing.  This can include if they are already receiving support from other professionals such as the GP, school nurses, counsellors, support workers and family workers.

Young people can also be referred before any professionals have supported them if they are deemed to be a risk and need immediate access to assessment and treatment from mental health professionals.  This is done by discussion with the duty line clinician or out of hours by either the police or the Accident & Emergency department at the hospital.

Additionally, you can refer to us for advice or coping strategies to enable children and young people to manage the onset of any emotional wellbeing or mental health challenges before they develop or escalate further.

How can Young Minds Matter help?

We can help with:

Advising / coping strategies to help prevent mental health or emotional wellbeing problems escalating

Low mood / depression

Anxiety, phobia’s and obsessive thoughts and behaviours

Trauma / PTSD

Self harm and thoughts of suicide

Eating difficulties / disordered eating, including anorexia and bulimia

We also offer specialist support services for children and young people with a Learning Disability, Autism and ADHD.

What sort of treatments are there?

There are many different treatments we can offer, including:

Theraplay, which is a special therapy designed to help build relationship and trust between children, young people and those who care for them (usually parents) and increase their own self esteem.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which looks at how people think and feel about things.  It helps by explaining how behaviour impacts on ourselves, other people and different aspects of life.

Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) that helps people accept that difficult thoughts or feelings cannot always be changed.  It works by teaching coping mechanisms and enabling strategies to help manage them.

Group work (DBT & CBT) which is therapy undertaken in a group setting with other people.  This is a proven therapy that works for people who may need to realise they are not alone in how they feel.  People sharing the same experiences can be a brilliant support and recovery network for each other.

Medication, which can be used when other treatments don’t work.  They can also be used in conjunction with therapies.

The Practitioner who completes the assessment will talk to the young person (and parents if appropriate) about their desired outcomes and goals and will work with them to determine the most effective way to achieve them.

Is there anyone I can talk to?

If you are worried about the mental health of your child or a young person you care for it is important you talk to someone about this. This may be a teacher at school, the school nurse, a social worker if you have one or your family GP. Even if they cannot offer advice themselves they will be able to help you to access support from someone who can.

In an emergency situation contact 999 or go to the Accident and Emergency Department

There are lots of websites and help lines that offer support to parents. Young Minds offer free confidential online and telephone support and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behavior or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25 years old. Tel: 0808 8025544

North East Lincolnshire has a parent participation forum