What is Reach?

Reach is a series of three courses providing support for young people (aged 14-18). Each course provides support for young people who are struggling with a particular aspect of their mental health. The three courses cover Anger Awareness, Anxiety Management, and Low Mood and Self-esteem. The focus is on providing young people with the tools and knowledge to help support themselves and develop healthy ways to manage their difficulties.

All three courses will focus on building resilience and setting personal goals that can be broken down into manageable steps. Reach aims to provide the tools for young people to look at the positives in their lives and boost their self-esteem. Sessions will combine a range of group activities, worksheets and discussions. Central to Reach courses is peer support. Participants will be encouraged to share and discuss their difficulties and what helps them. Information shared in the group will remain confidential unless there are safeguarding concerns which will be raised appropriately.

The courses will take place outside of school hours (currently online). Each course will run for one hour a week over a four-week period.

Anger Awareness

This course encourages young people to recognise what triggers their anger and to identify feelings and emotions that cause frustration and anger to build. It also offers alternative ways of reacting in times of conflict.

Topics typically covered:

» Self awareness » Self esteem » Relationships » Communication skills » Problem solving

Anxiety Management

This course provides young people with knowledge and understanding of the physical and emotional reactions to stress and anxiety. Valuable tools will be taught to help manage anxiety including relaxation and breathing techniques.

Topics typically covered:

» Physical responses to anxiety » Worries » Practical relaxation methods » Problem solving » Fight or flight response

Low Mood and Self-esteem

This course looks at character strengths and abilities, underlying core beliefs and increasing motivation. Participants will gain skills and knowledge to support positive thinking and healthy coping strategies.

Topics typically covered:

» Self esteem » Relationships » Stress and depression » Self-harm » Bullying » Body image » Problem solving

If you would like to refer a young person to the service you can download the Reach referral form here.

Please send completed referral forms to [email protected]

Please note a young person must live in the borough of Richmond or have a GP in the borough or go to school in the borough to be eligible for referral to Reach.