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Mental Health & Youth Homelessness Prevention Support

The Youth Mental Health and Homelessness Team work with young people aged 11-25 with mental health and emotional wellbeing issues and with young people who are at risk of homelessness.

The team work closely with other professionals in the Youth Service, Social Services, Housing, third sector, secondary schools and Post 16 providers to support the homelessness and health and wellbeing agenda. 

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

The team delivers one to one non-clinical emotional health and wellbeing support to young people. They also provide group sessions around the topic of mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The group work delivery programme covers the following areas:

  • Recognising mental health
  • The difference between mental health and mental illness
  • Recognising signs of suicidal thoughts and self harm
  • Discover support networks for young people struggling with their mental health
  • Develop coping skills and practice mindfulness

Youth Homelessness

The team undertake one to one prevention work and also deliver a group based programme developed by Shelter Cymru, which is called ‘Opening Doors’.

‘Opening Doors’ is an awareness raising resource for young people aged 11-18 with the aim of reducing future homelessness and housing needs among young people.

It introduces various aspects of housing and homelessness and covers the following learning areas:

  • Perceptions and stereotypes
  • Independent living;
  • Nurturing a community spirit
  • Knowing where to refer for support if ever faced with homelessness.

For further information please contact:

Leanne Drew on 07800 708720 or email at leanne.drew@merthyr.gov.uk

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