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Young People’s Service - COVID-19 RESPONSE

During the period of social distancing due to the Coronavirus outbreak, York Mind’s Young People Project will be offering the following  services to young people aged between 11-25 years old. We will also be offering Young People's Counselling for 16-25 year olds. For further information about our Young People`s Counselling Service click on the tab on the left.

If you have any questions about any of these services, email

If you would like to see the staff members and volunteers who will be delivering the service, click the Meet The Young People tab on the left. To join any of the services below, click here to make a referral or text us on 07483167931.

Telephone Drop-In

If you are aged between 11-25 and are struggling with your emotions, you can text 07483167931 and ask to speak on the phone or by text. We will text you back within 48 hours. If you would like a phone call, this text will include a time for that phone call within the next 7 days. Parents/Guardians can also text this number to learn more about our services 

We will chat to you about anything you are struggling with and like to chat about, and help you make a plan for moving forward.  You can also use the drop in to find out more about our other services below, and sign up for them if you would like.

Online Groups

York Mind will be running online video call groups, each of which will last between 4-8 weekly sessions of 1 hour, with time to chat to the practitioner at the end if needed.

The upcoming groups will be kept up to date below:

Emotional Wellbeing Toolkits  (13-16 and 16-21)

In these groups you will explore techniques for managing anxiety and low mood that can be created to be used within the home, such as creating positivity jars and learning calming exercises. This group lasts for 8 sessions, allowing time to build up more of a relationship with other group members. 

The next 13-16 group will run weekly from Tuesday 20th October from 5pm-6pm. The next 16-21 group will run weekly from Thursday 22nd October from 5pm-6pm.

Mindfulness skills (11-15 and 16-21)

In these groups you will learn skills around being present in the moment and aware of your own emotional processes, which can be used to help promote a positive state of mind. These skills can be useful to move forward from repeated stressful thought patterns and anxieties.

The next 16-21 mindfulness groups will run in across 4 weekly sessions from Monday 12th October at 5pm. Another 11-15 group will be running, with dates to be decided. 

Visual Art and Self-Esteem (13-18)

You will explore identity and individuality through creative mediums such as drawing, painting, collage, sculpture or puppetry to learn how to focus on positive aspects of who they are and promote good self-esteem. You do not need to be an artist to join, everyone is welcome and we will be creating whatever art makes you feel good! This group lasts 5 sessions

The next 13-18 group will run on Mondays from 6pm-7pm starting from Monday 9th November. 

How to talk about feelings (11-13)

This group is designed to help with expressing yourself in creative ways— talking how you are feeling through speech or writing as well as learning how you talk to others around you in a more effective way. These sessions are a chance to learn new skills and how to express your feelings, especially if you struggle to talk about your emotions or if you feel nervous socially.

The next 11-13 group will run on Wednesdays from 4.30-5.30pm, from Wednesday 11th November. 

Referrals can be made either through the website, or texting the drop in number. An adult with your permission can also make the referral for you.

Click here to make a referral

Telephone Mentoring                              

Please note referrals for telephone mentoring are currently closedReferrals are expected to reopen later this year.

Young People aged 8-21 can refer in to receive mentoring support over the phone. You will have between 3 to 6 months of support, usually through fortnightly sessions. Each session will be with the same mentor, allowing you to build a trusting relationship. Your mentor will support you to set goals to improve your wellbeing, and to identify coping strategies that work for you. They will speak to you as a person, not just focusing on your mental health, but also your passions and interests.

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