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A picture of colleage making with paper, pens, scissors and reference material on a laptop

Reachout Youth

Reachout Youth has helped me, when I thought I couldn’t get through it.

Mental Health Resource- an award-winning, local mental health charity based in West Kent, offer free ‘Reachout Youth’ groups – which are weekly wellbeing sessions for young people aged 13-19, who would like some support with their emotional wellbeing.

During the pandemic they have adapted their services and are currently running groups on Zoom, alongside phone, text and email support. They have been sending out art packs filled with all the materials needed for their creative sessions.

Young people can make new friends, take part in fun activities, learn tools and resources to manage their wellbeing, develop coping strategies, improve their confidence & self-esteem and feel part of a community.

The groups offer young people a confidential, supportive and inclusive space to share things not usually shared with friends or family while reducing the stigma surrounding mental health. Sessions are informal and focus on wellbeing, including activities, games and discussions on themes surrounding mental health. They also invite guest speakers to deliver sessions on specialist subjects.

Recent activities have included...

a white paper mask with words relating to a person's identity drawn on it fel tip pens

Identity masks

A collage of newspaper images and words relating to courage and bravery

Collage

a lady holding up some ideas relating to peer pressure a camera on a zoom call

Peer pressure workshop

A piece of paper with the words 'I am' in the middle filled with post it notes of various words

Self-esteem board

A cardboard box decorated with paint, surrounded by bottles of paint

Self care box

A 'mindfulness' mindmap drawn on a large piece of paper

Mindfulness

Kaya talks about the sessions she runs for Reachout Youth

Mental Health Resource and Reachout Youth are hugely grateful to BBC Children in Need for their ongoing support. We hope to meet in person again in the near future and we plan to increase the number of young people supported through the sessions; but it is only because of the support of organisations, like BBC Children in Need, that our Reachout Youth team are able to reach young people who deserve to believe in themselves and receive person-centred care for their emotional wellbeing.

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