What is Young Minds Matter?

Young Minds Matter is an emotional wellbeing and mental health service based in North East Lincolnshire.

The team have a wide range of expertise working with children and young people with emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties.  Our team includes Mental Health Nurses, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Art Therapists, Assistant Psychologists, Wellbeing Practitioners, Peer Support Workers, Support staff and Admin staff.

We all work together as a big team, to provide a service that supports your emotional wellbeing and / or mental health needs wherever possible.  We even have specialist doctors within the team; don’t be worried about this; it just means they have extra interest in the field of medical science and have undertaken in-depth training in mental health.  They do not wear white coats or give you injections.

Who is it for?

Our service is for young people and children who experience difficulties with their emotional wellbeing and / or mental health up until the age of 19. We all have ‘mental health’ but sometimes, for many different reasons some people can find it hard to keep the positive and the negatives balanced and so may struggle with managing their emotions.

At Young Minds Matter, we see young people and children with many different types of reasons:

To offer advice / coping strategies to help prevent mental health or emotional wellbeing problems escalating

Low mood / depression to help you feel more like yourself again

Anxiety, phobia’s and obsessive thoughts and behaviours so you can control them

Working through things that have caused you Trauma so they no longer determine who you are as a person

Provide support for Self harm and thoughts of suicide to keep you safe when you are not well

Help you with any Eating difficulties / disordered eating to keep you healthy.  We also support people with anorexia and bulimia by helping them to recover and to prevent relapse.

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

How do you help people?

There are different treatments for various difficulties, such as:

  • Theraplay (a special therapy designed to help build relationship and trust with those who care for us (usually parents) and increase your own self esteem)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which looks at the how the way you think about things, feel about things and behave affect each other and your day to day life.
  • Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) helps you to accept that you can’t always change difficult thoughts or feelings and gives you ways you can cope with them.
  • Group work (DBT & CBT) done in a group setting with other young people whilst supporting each other and having fun.
  • Medication (when other treatments don’t work).

Your lead professional will complete the assessment with you and will talk to you about the most appropriate way to help

We also have specialist teams that are able to provide support to children and  young people requiring specialist knowledge on particular subjects.  Some of these are:

  • Looked After Children’s Team (This team look after young people who live in local authority care with foster carers or in a residential placement).
  • Learning Disability Team (This team work with young people who have special needs and have to have extra support at home and school).
  • ADHD Team (This team work with young people who are struggling with their focus, concentration, thoughts, feelings and behaviours because of their ADHD).
  • Psychology Team (They can help work out why you might find it hard to make sense of things that you read or hear or why you feel anxious or depressed.

How do I get help/who do I speak to?

If you are worried about your mental health it is important you talk to someone about how you are feeling. You may think that no one will understand how you feel, but most people have experienced mental health problems at some point in their lives. By speaking to someone who cares about you, even if they cannot offer advice themselves they will be able to help you to access support from someone who can.

Can you speak to a parent, relative, teacher, school nurse, social worker or friend?

If you feel that you cannot speak any of the people in your life right now, there are organisations that are there just to listen to you. Some of these organisations offer on-line support as well as phone support.

Don’t suffer in silence!

ChildLine – Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours a day) www.childline.org.uk (offers confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem.

Get Connected – Freephone 0800 8084994 ( 7 days 1pm-11pm) www.getconnected.org.uk-
Free confidential telephone and email helpline to find young people the best help whatever the problem.

B-EAT Youth helpline 0845 6347650 (Monday to Friday evening from 4:30pm to 8:30pm and Saturdays 1:00-4:30) Email fyp@b-eat.co.uk   On line community www.b-eat.co.uk
Confidential advice for young people with an eating disorder

Kooth – Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

www.kooth.com

Wellbeing Passport

The Wellbeing Passport is used by children & young people who are offered an assessment.

It’s purpose is so you don’t have to keep telling your story over and over to different professionals and agencies.

Most of all, it is YOUR passport, and we hope you find it helps you when meeting with us.

To see an electronic copy of the Passport you can click the link below:

Wellbeing Passport