What can I do to help?
Talking freely about your feelings and experiences is really useful for young people. It shows them that everyone has challenges and difficult days, but they may be able to chat to adults about them. Making time to talk and listen is probably the most important thing you can do. Try to demonstrate you’re really listening to the young person’s feelings, that you’re not judging them and you want to help.
MindMate sets out the support available in Leeds and explains how young people can access this. A health professional can contact the Leeds MindMate Single Point of Access (SPA) service to make a referral. Alternatively, you can let young people (over 13) and parents/ carers know they can now self-refer to the SPA.
If you’re helping someone who’s in a lot of distress, it can be hard for you too. Make sure you take some time to look after yourself and think about how it’s affecting you. This page explains how young people can take care of themselves – you could try some of these techniques too. You also may find MindWell helpful.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is available by various local providers. Leeds CAMHS offers a range of training courses on child and adolescent mental health.
The MindEd website includes over 250 bitesize sessions of e-learning. Leeds Safeguarding Children Parternship provides safeguarding information and training for professionals working in Leeds.
If you suspect a child or young person is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed then you must ensure Duty and Advice at the Front Door are contacted immediately. If a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm, contact the police on 999.Visit Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership