Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

Supporting Young People's Mental Health

Supporting young people’s mental health through the ‘Home Goals’ initiative

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation has teamed up with a child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in Wakefield to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing through a local initiative.

Known as ‘Homes Goals’, the initiative focuses on supporting young people, aged 11 to 18, who use CAMHS services in Wakefield.

Held over a six-week period, Home Goals involves weekly sessions of fun exercises with Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation, alongside wellbeing education and support from Wakefield CAMHS.

Emma Bourne, primary practice support worker, and Cheryl Langfield, exercise instructor, at Wakefield CAMHS, said, “Bringing young people together, virtually at present, to get active and to learn about how they can improve their mental health and wellbeing is important to us.

“We’re so glad that we can carry on providing ‘Home Goals’ and currently have a small group of participants that attend each week.

“The wellbeing education focuses on developing young people’s awareness of the basics of mental health, including exercise, diet, sleep, healthy relationships and self-care.

“By encouraging young people to reflect on and make changes to these basic areas, we hope that they will, in turn, be able to boost their mood and develop better resilience to face challenges in their lives.

“It’s brilliant to see their confidence grow throughout the initiative and to hear about the small changes they make to their lives; which can have a big impact.

James Stephenson, Community Manager and project lead at Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation, followed, “We have been helping deliver these workshops now since October last year and it is clear to see the importance of the sessions, especially in the current climate.

“The weekly events allow young people to get together, albeit online currently, and release their energy through our fun but challenging exercise sessions, followed by very important tips and advice of managing their mental health.

“We look forward to being able to see all the attendees in person when we can invite them along to the stadium to continue with live interaction workshops.”

Following the completion of ‘Home Goals’, the initiative will lead into the second part of the programme named, ‘Safety Nets’, where young people will take part in weekly, face-to-face workshops at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

To get in contact about our ‘Home Goals’ initiative, please email [email protected]. Alternatively, to find out more information on ‘Safety Nets’, please follow, www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/2020/01/13/weaving-safety-nets-for-young-people-on-camhs-waiting-lists.

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