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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  services to young people aged between 8-25 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

Telephone Drop-In - Currently closed

If you require help or support, please contact us on 01904 643 364 / 

Online Groups - Open

York Mind will be starting our youth groups the week commencing 22nd February for 6 weeks.

We have the following groups available and if interested in applying please complete the referral form by Friday 12th February.

The groups available are as follows:


Visual Art & Self-Esteem group 

  • Mondays 4pm, 10-13 years
  • Wednesdays 7pm, 14-19 years

Young People 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 you are, develop confidence and promote good self-esteem. The young people do not need to be an artist to join, everyone is welcome and we will be creating whatever art makes you feel good! We also develop the skill of using art and creativity as a coping mechanism for anxiety or low mood through mindful drawing. Click here to make a referral.


Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit group 

  • Wednesdays 5.30pm, 10-13 years
  • Mondays 6.30pm, 14-19 years 

The group will be exploring 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. We will be discussing how to be more aware of negative patterns that can be formed emotionally and what we can do to promote healthy coping mechanisms to move forward from repeated stressful thought patterns and anxieties. Click here to make a referral.


Drama & Self-Expression group

  • Tuesdays 4pm, 13-16 years

This group will be exploring confidence, positive self-image and communication skills through drama and performance skills, creative writing and games. The group will be a really good opportunity for people who would like a safe space to have fun, create and maybe even push themselves out of their comfort zones, as well as working on transferable skills like developing expressivity, confidence in speaking and how to let your hair down and have fun without overthinking. Click here to make a referral.

We look forward to supporting and engaging young people in helping and maintaining their mental health and wellbeing.

Referrals for groups can be made either through the website, or by phoning us on 01904 643364. An adult with your permission can also make the referral for you.

Telephone Mentoring - Closed to referrals.                               

Please note referrals for telephone mentoring are currently closed. This site will update when referrals reopen for this service across age-ranges. We currently expect referrals for this service to re-open for 8-13 year olds in Spring 2021. 

Young People aged 8-18 can 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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