There are currently VERY FEW youth services specifically designed to support Young People’s mental health in Dorset. UK research says that 1 in 10 young people are in desperate need of help. Our research tells us this number is higher.
What are we doing about it?
In order to support young people aged 11 to 25 in the local area with mental health problems we are developing a number of education programmes and support options across Dorset.
How much will it cost?
We estimate the cost of setting up these services and running them for up to five years to be in excess of £1,117,000.
‘Dorset Mind Your Head’ will include:
Awareness raising campaigns in schools: so that having a conversation about mental health is normal and easy
Education Programmes in schools: so that students know what is good mental health and what isn’t, how to build resilience and stay mentally health and what to do when difficulties arise
Drop-in sessions in schools: to answer difficult questions and signpost to the right support
Befriending: 1-2-1 help to build resilience, reduce isolation and empower students really struggling
Counselling: 1-2-1 help to deal with difficulties
Telephone / email signposting: to make sure students get help from the right places
On-line forums: to provide a safe place to talk about mental health
Ambassadors: to train and support role models for good mental health and recovery from difficulties
Please help us provide this important mental health education and support for young people by fundraising, volunteering with us or supporting us with grants.
How you can support the ‘Dorset Mind Your Head’ Youth Services appeal