Please note that due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) that our youth matters service is now being conducted over the phone and online. Find out more here
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 or group 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 run by experienced and friendly members of Mind in Somerset staff.
This offers the chance meet with others who may be experiencing similar issues in a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment. Run by a team of staff and volunteers, our sessions are an opportunity to talk and share experiences, whilst learning some tools and resources to build self-confidence and self-esteem, and to help you cope better with life’s ups and downs.
Our sessions are led by a Group Worker and a Mental Health Support Worker, assisted by a team of volunteers. Everyone involved in our sessions has either had (and may continue to have) their own personal experience of mental health issues, or worked professionally with young people and/or in mental health.
To join Youth Matters sessions, you will need to be referred by a parent, teacher, GP, or anyone else who supports you … or you can refer yourself if that is easier. Forms are available to download on our website. We do ask that you obtain a GP covering letter for your initial appointment so that we can confirm that they are aware you are accessing our group.
For Youth Matters to work it is essential that our young people feel safe to talk, share and just to be – free from judgement! For this reason, we have strict rules around confidentiality and behaviour within the group.