Richmond Borough Mind

New project to support youth mental wellbeing

Richmond Borough Mind has been awarded funding from the Department of Health’s Volunteering Fund to support 14-25 year-olds to develop resilience and mental wellbeing.

The funding of 596,557 (shared over three years and four boroughs) will deliver wellbeing sessions, based around the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, and will be run by trained volunteers who have personal experience of mental health problems. The sessions will be delivered in schools, colleges, youth centres and other venues, helping young people develop mental resilience.

Richmond Borough Mind will be sharing funding and working with local Minds to deliver the project across five diverse London boroughs of Bromley, Lewisham, Richmond, Harrow and Hackney.

Minister for Care and Support Norman Lamb said: “These projects play a crucial role in supporting people, their families and carers. They are examples of just some of the excellent and innovative work going on throughout the country in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector – all of which help to create and support strong and resilient communities.”

Richmond Borough Mind Chief Executive, Val Farmer, said: “It’s so important to start conversations and education about mental health at an early stage. Problems detected early can prevent much more serious issues later in life, as we see in some adults in our services. We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with young people in Richmond.”

Recruitment of the staff to manage the project is underway and recruitment of volunteers will begin in September 2014.

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