As part of the Big Lottery Mental Health Wellbeing group, Youth Matters is for young people aged 11 to 17 and 18 to 24 who are living with mental health distress in Mendip and South Somerset.
We provide five venues where young people can have one to one targeted mental health support in a warm, safe environment. We currently offer this service in Yeovil, Bridport, Langport, Chard and Frome.
Young people we help struggle with finding enjoyment in things that used to be fun, feel isolated and lonely and that life seems a bit pointless. They tell us that it’s easier to numb their feeling with alcohol and/or drugs or lose themselves on the computer. Some are coping with being bullied leaving them anxious and worried leading them to feel angry and not in control of their lives.
You may want to talk to an adult who understands how you feel and can support you without judging you. We offer practical help such as writing a job application form or help with abstaining from addiction. Whatever the situation we can help you access information or help you find other forms of support, provide guidance, reassurance and support.
The project is ran by Annie and Grant, our experienced and friendly members of staff. The sessions are held in five areas where one-to-one support and group sessions are available by appointment only. You can be referred to us by someone else or contact us direct. A self referral form can be downloaded from our website here or you can call the office on 01935 474875 or email [email protected].
When and Where?
- Routes Café, YMCA, Frome – every Wednesday, 11am-3pm (BA11 1DS).
- The Hub, Yeovil – every Thursday, 11am – 1pm (BA21 5EA)
- Young People’s Centre, Chard (formerly known as “The Project”) – every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm (TA20 1RH).*
*Age 11-17 group 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
*Age 18-24 group 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
- Ridgway Hall, Langport – every Thursday, 3pm-6pm (TA10 9PQ)
- Bridport Youth and Community Centre, Bridport – Monday evenings (DT6 3RL)
This project is supported by Somerset Community Foundation, Yeovil Lions, the St James’s Place Foundation and Somerset CCG.