Research shows 1 in 10 young people will need support with their mental health at some point. So like looking after our physical health, it is just as important to be aware and take care of our mental wellbeing. Happiness and well-being are influenced by our genetics, our upbringings, external circumstances and what we chose to do with our time. Up to 40% comes from things we have a choice around; so supporting children and young people to engage with the things they want to do can help increase their happiness.

Strong Young Minds provides a one to one outreach service that is led by the child or young person and set-up to help them access the support they want. The service aims to help children and young people increase their resilience, reduce social isolation and build on their coping skills to develop strong young minds.

Specialist workers offer:

  • Emotional support and advocacy;
  • Help to learn about ways to build mental strength and coping techniques;
  • Bring children and young people into social groups helping them feel less isolated;
  • Aim to increase awareness and reduce stigma;
  • Signposting to groups, social activities and other support services.

By giving young people a sense of control over their use of the service, they are shown that even in difficult times they can find their own strengths to get through tough times in life.

Making a referral

Referrals are accepted from children and young people, parents and carers, professionals or agencies.

  • Children and young people between the ages of 6-19 (up to 25 years with a lifelong learning disability).
  • Parental consent for child/young person to engage in the project if under 16 years.
  • The referral can be made alongside a CAMHS referral, a mental health diagnosis is not required to access SYM. 

Download a referral form here:  Epic SYM Referral Form GdocEpic SYM Referral Form MSWordEpic SYM Referral Form PDF

Resources and useful links

Child and youth telephone counselling - https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/
Youth suicide support -  https://www.papyrus-uk.org/ 
RBKC Mental Health services directory - http://directory.kcmind.org.uk/Pages/Subjects.aspx
Time to change is about reducing stigma and has resources: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/
NHS mental health app :Moodzone  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/  / https://nhsgo.uk (app link)
Kooth online counselling for young people: https://kooth.com/
The Mix - generic support for under 25's and specific crisis messenger and 1 2 1 text support: https://www.themix.org.uk/ 

Contact Us

For more information or to discuss a referral please contact one of our Specialist Social Workers for  Mental Health; Imogen Keay 07714 563 253 or Renae Boswell 07739 314 573, [email protected].