Helping vulnerable young people to access counselling, support and advice

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During the coronavirus outbreak, our number one priority is keeping services running for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. This includes the services delivered by YMCA Dialogue – counselling and therapy for children, families and young people. We are currently working hard to adapt our projects so that we can ensure every young person is supported during this anxious time, whether though remote support, web support or phone calls.

As part of these adaptations, we have fast-tracked the launch of a new website that supports young people with their mental health and wellbeing – e-wellbeing, set to launch at the end of this month. Mental health systems and pathways are often complicated and difficult to navigate, and this website simplifies the process of accessing the right help, in the right place, at the right time. It will provide self-help guidance and information about different aspects of mental health difficulties and helps them decide if they need help from a professional service. They will then be connected with information about services in their local area.

AS a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, now more than ever, it is crucial that young people are supported to manage their mental health positively. It will help relieve pressure on GP surgeries and A&E where possible and help keep young people informed about which services are able to support them as service models change.

We know that everyone is facing unexpected challenges at the moment, but we have never needed your support more. If you are able, here are three ways you can help:

  1. Help us secure laptops and tablets to ensure young people have a means of continuing counselling, as well as connecting with their communities. Please email sally.duffy@ymcadlg.org if you are able to support
  2. We are looking for animators and content creators to create digital assets for the e-wellbeing platform on a pro bono basis. Please email cat.pritchard@ymcadlg.org if you are able to support
  3. Share a message of kindness and encouragement for a young person in isolation or a key worker after a long shift. Don’t forget to tag us – @YMCADLG on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #Here4U
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