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“I am now able to tell people how I actually feel instead of hiding it and getting worse.”

Year 7 student, Heads Up service

“Our one to one sessions helped me immensely. It felt like for the first time someone understood me and what I was saying.”

Student, Heads Up service

“Coming to the parent group has changed our homelife for the better.”

Parent, Upturn service

“Without Heads Up I would have never had the courage to attend university and I would probably still be pretending I’m okay when I’m not.”

Student, Heads Up service

Children & Young People

1 in 10 children and young people are currently affected by a mental health problem and 50% of mental health problems in adult life take root before the age of 15.

We believe that understanding how to achieve and maintain good mental health and wellbeing is vital for people of all ages. Supporting children and young people to look after their mental wellbeing and build emotional resilience is as important as learning how to brush your teeth!

Our range of projects and services aim to both prevent mental health issues through developing skills and knowledge to help people stay well, and to offer support to children, young people and families who are affected by a mental health problem:

Upturn

What is it?

Upturn is a project based in Fareham and Gosport, which works young people and their families to provide mental health support and education, through classroom-based workshops, small groups or one to one sessions.

How can we help:

We can provide tailored educational sessions and workshops for staff and pupils at local schools and colleges from the age of 8+, covering subjects such as exam stress, anxiety and transitioning to new schools. We also provide support for 11-18 year olds who are struggling with their mental health or have a diagnosed condition, through small groups of one to one support that take place at school.

One to one appointments are also available for 14-18 year olds between Mondays and Thursdays.

Upturn also run a confidential parent and carers support group, as well as new family wellbeing sessions.

How to get in touch

You can self-refer to Upturn, or ask for support through your school or CAMHS. Please email adminfg@solentmind.org.uk or call 01329 281445.

Read or print out our: Upturn leaflet

Young Persons Advocacy Service

What is it?

Solent Mind offer a specialist advocacy service to in-patients at Bluebird House and Leigh House adolescent units.

Advocacy ensures that your voice is heard when decisions are being made about your care. It’s an optional, free service that helps you understand your rights and choices.

How can we help: Our Independent Mental Health Advocates will:

  • Listen to you
  • Explain your rights
  • Help you share your wishes and feelings about your care

How to get in touch:

The staff at Bluebird House or Leigh House should be able to tell you when our Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs) will be visiting each week, but you can also reach out to them directly by calling 023 8020 8955.

Read or print out our: Young Person’s Advocacy service leaflet

Heads Up

 

What is it?:

Heads Up is a project which we run in local schools, colleges and universities in Southampton and The New Forest. We work to inform and educate young people about mental health and equip young people with coping strategies so that they can manage their own wellbeing.

How can we help:

We can provide tailor-made workshops and assemblies for years R to 6 in their own setting, covering a wide range of topics including exam stress, body image, anxiety management, self-esteem and coping strategies.

We can speak at parents’ evenings and staff training events, to help people learn more about young people’s mental health and challenge stigma.

Our highly-trained staff and volunteers (who often have lived experience of mental health issues themselves) can provide groups to support specific individuals with emotional difficulties.

How to get in touch:

Please email headsup@solentmind.org.uk or call 023 8202 7810.

Read or print our Heads Up Leaflets for: Young People Education Professionals

Youth Affinity

What is it?:

Working in partnership with the Prince’s Trust and No Limits, we help to support young people aged 16-25 in Hampshire to achieve good wellbeing and overcome barriers that might affect mental health.

How can we help:

We can support you to access the Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme, which offers personal development through outdoor activities, residential trips and training in subjects such as sports, drama, photography or cooking.

We can also support you with one to one peer mentoring, to make sure that a mental health problem doesn’t stand in your way of success.

Our group support also allows young people to connect with others and swap ideas for living well with people just like them.

How to get in touch:

For information about the programme, or to be referred, call 02380 208920.

Wellbeing & Talking Therapies for Young People

Our network of Wellbeing Centres often organise groups and activities for young people at locations across Hampshire. For up to date information, please contact your local Wellbeing Centre directly.

Solent Mind also provides italk, a talking therapy service offering face to face, over the phone or online support in Hampshire. The free service is available to those over the age of 16, through GP or self-referral. Find out more at www.italk.org.uk.

Getting Involved

Our children and young person’s services rely on the generosity of those who give up their time or donate funds to help us be there for generations to come.

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