Healthy Minds Lincolnshire

Who are we?

We provide support and treatment for children, young people and their families, who are experiencing emotional wellbeing difficulties. We support children and young people up to 19 years old.  If they have a special educational need or disability or are a care leaver we can see them up to the age of 25.

Everyone at some point might find it hard to cope with how they are feeling or what is happening in their life. Healthy Minds Lincolnshire provides early support when your child starts to feel that life is getting out of control and they need some help to cope.

Our teams are made up of a variety of professionals.  All staff are referred to as Healthy Minds Practitioners and have a nursing, social work, counsellor, teaching, or mental health background.

We can help your child with:
  • Exam stress
  • Worries
  • Bullying
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-harm
  • Low mood
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low body image.

If your child would like support please speak to their teacher, GP or call us on our Lincolnshire Here4You Line on 01522 309120. If your child is under 16 we will usually need to speak to a parent/carer.

 

What we offer

The support we offer is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, which are designed to help your child think about things differently and learn to cope in a more positive way. At the current time due to Covid-19 guidelines we will be delivering our service differently to keep families safe. For the majority of appointments we will therefore be offering telephone and video appointments only.

We can support your child by:
  • Directing you child to use self-help 
  • Workshops delivered in school to small groups of children or young people as a one-off session
  • Groups delivered at school or in the community with children or young people as a number of sessions
  • Face-to-face sessions with a practitioner within a school or community setting (one to six sessions).

What is emotional wellbeing?

Emotional wellbeing is about being happy, confident, having good relationships and being able to cope with everyday events.


Online Workshops

Our service has created a range of online workshops to be completed from the comfort of your own home. These workshops are designed to provide children/young people and their families with the oppertunity to learn new stratagies to help manage a variety of emotional wellbeing concerns. 

We currently have the following workshops avaliable:

  • Survival Guide to Change
  • Mangaing Worries and Anxious Feelings
  • Parents supporting children with Anxiety and Additional Needs

You can access these via our 'Online Workshops' page.

Workshops

These are one-off sessions delivered in schools  or local community venues during school holidays, for small groups of students to attend.  The workshops are designed to help provide your child with the skills to manage their emotions, thoughts and feelings with life’s ‘ups and downs’.

We offer a variety of different workshops to provide your child with skills on:

  • Exam stress
  • Transitioning and life skills
  • Healthy relationships/bullying
  • Improving mood
  • Managing worries
  • Improving self esteem
  • Building emotional resilience
  • Managing emotions
  • Peer support

Groups

These are offered in your child’s school or community and can be up to six sessions which may include a session for yourself.  The aim of the groups is to provide your child with stategies to help them overcome feeling anxious or low in mood.  

Meeting with you before your child starts in the group helps you to understand how they are feeling, explore what they will learn and how you can support them. The first session is a ‘meet and greet’ where they can meet others who will be attending the group.

Exploring Anxiety Group:

During this group we will discuss what is anxiety and look at methods to manage your worries.  We will also show your child relaxation and mindfulness techniques and how sleep, diet and exercise can impact on their wellbeing.  We then look at how they can stay well.

Exploring Low Mood Group:

During this group we will discuss what is low mood, methods to manage their mood and how to feel happier and do the things they enjoy again.  We will also show them relaxation and mindfulness techniques and how sleep, diet and exercise can impact on their wellbeing.  We then look at how they can stay well.

Parent workshops

We are beginning to deliver parent workshops on supporting children with additional needs, helping your child with anxiety and family emotional wellbeing.

We have sucessfully piloted a workshop supporting parents of children with additional needs to understand how their anxiety may present and be impacting on their child’s behaviour.  Some of our staff who deliver the workshop have lived experience of these difficulties, others have working experience of young people with additional needs.

Feedback from parents has been that the workshop has given them a safe space to talk about how difficult they were finding things.  They have also taken away ideas that they can try when they recognise their child is becoming overwhelmed.

If you have more questions about our Healthy Minds Lincolnshire service, including how we involve parent/carers, then please take a look at our FAQ Page for parents/carers.

Parent feedback

“The workshop has given me great insight and has helped me loads.”

“I have learnt new techniques that I haven’t used before.  Different approaches to use in the future.”

“I enjoyed being able to discuss and understand our own and our child’s emotional needs and hope to put strategies into place.”

“Very relaxed environment.”

Relaxation/ breathing  exercises (videos)

Check out the following videos developed by our Healthy Minds Lincolnshire service talking you through different relaxation exercises

1. Colour breathing

2. Square breathing

3. Finger breathing

4. My happy place exercise

5. Progressive muscle relaxation exercise

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