Wellbeing Service Tackles Rising Youth Mental Health Challenges

The latest research from Young Minds found that 67% of young people believed the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on their mental health.

With youth mental health under increased pressure as the pandemic continues, Inspire Suffolk is tackling the issue with free, easy-to-access counselling.

Since the service’s launch in May 2020, over 1571 sessions have been provided, with 97% of children and young adults seeing an improvement in their personal wellbeing.

Working with our in-house counsellor, young people accessing the service have received the tools they need to cope with a range of challenges including suicidal thoughts, anxiety, gender dysphoria and bullying, which they otherwise may have suffered alone.

“It’s been a good experience and has helped me to be able to talk to someone instead of having things bottled up in your head.”

The service has received unprecedented support from funders, such as the Charities Aid Foundation, Sanctuary Housing, The Mrs LD Rope Thirds Charitable Settlement and The East Suffolk Community Partnership; the latter providing the support needed to ensure we can continue to deliver the service without interruption, in line with Covid-19 regulations as we introduce face-to-face sessions.

“I have a better understanding of my mental health and am more connected to my emotions, which means I understand myself better and am able to work on my issues.”

While initially intended to support young people through lockdown, the service has gone from strength to strength, and we are now looking to expand the service by employing additional counsellors.

If you or someone you know could benefit from free, over-the-phone support from a counsellor, then please click here for more information about the service.