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Young mental health drop-in service launches

Young mental health drop-in service launches

Saturday 09 October 2021

Young mental health drop-in service launches

A weekly drop-in service for young people and their families to get mental health help from practitioners and youth workers is launching today.

The free and confidential service will be available every Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, at the Youth Enquiry Service (YES) at La Colomberie in St. Helier.

A trained mental health practitioner will be available to answer questions in a private space and provide support and guidance on how to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health issues or to how to better manage anxiety, depression self-harm and eating disorders, among other things.

A Youth Worker will also be available for general queries and to direct young people and their families to wellbeing support tools.

The service is being launched today to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

“As part of our consultation on mental health services for young people we were asked to provide more support services at the weekends," Deputy Trevor Pointon, the Assistant Minister with responsibility for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, said.

"We have listened to these requests and I am delighted to announce the launch of a pilot Youth Wellbeing Drop-In service every Saturday. Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time of the year and World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for everyone to show their support for better mental health services.

This is a free and confidential service for young people to seek advice, in a safe space, about any mental health or wellbeing concerns that they may have and I’m grateful to all those in the Children, Young People, Education and Skills Department who have worked hard to create this new service.

“We know that the need for support for mental health and wellbeing, in light of the covid-19 pandemic, is increasing and I’m sure families will welcome this opportunity to get more accessible advice for their children.

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