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Young people's (8 to 18) Mentoring Service

SERVICE STATUS: currently closed to new referrals

About the Service:

Our mentoring service supports 8-18 year olds experiencing low-mood, anxiety, difficulty managing anger or other acute feelings, have low self-esteem or other symptoms of mental ill-health.

This may be caused by one or more of the following: bullying, isolation, difficulty at school or at home, stress or pressure, feeling different to your peers or feeling unable to share your feelings with others.

How can this help me?

Mentoring provides a safe space for you to talk about your mental health and the experiences you are struggling to manage by yourself. It is one-to-one, and based around your needs.

We help you set goals based around resilience, wellbeing and confidence. We give you strategies and support to achieve them. The journey towards your goals can help you understand your feelings, look after yourself, gain confidence, see yourself differently and relate to people around you. These strategies can stay with you so you can use them whenever you need them.

Referring In:

You can refer yourself or ask a parent/guardian. You can also ask your school, social worker or other service provider. We will be in touch within 2 weeks of referral to arrange a first contact by phone.

Please wait until mentoring is an option on the referral form (accessible here: https://www.yorkmind.org.uk/how-we-help/refer/ ). We ask this so that everyone has the same opportunity to access the service.

What will Happen Next?

First contact offers an opportunity to share a little bit about your situation and talk about how mentoring might help you. If you feel this type of support would be a good fit, we will arrange a half hour phone assessment. You will usually have access to a mentor within 6-10 weeks of assessment.

Sessions are up to one hour. 8-13 year olds get up to 18 sessions, 14-18 year olds get up to 12 sessions.

Contact Information:

If you are referring in on behalf of a young person and have any questions, please contact ypmentoring@yorkmind.org.uk

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