As a professional, how can I help?

No two young people are the same and the way that you work with them will always need to flexible, empathetic and responsible. But there are ways to make things easier, both for them and you.


What can I do to help?

Take your time and use resources

Websites listed on this site, for example on the common issues pages can help you find out more about young people’s challenges. Use our resource bank to search for issue-based information.

Talk about emotions and be prepared to listen

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.

Finding support for a young person

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.

Look after yourself

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.

Training for you

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 are based in a school...

Find out if your school or college is signed up to the MindMate Champions programme and find out  how you can get involved.

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