Healthy Minds Lincolnshire

Who are we?

Healthy Minds Lincolnshire provide emotional wellbeing support for children and young people up to 19 years old.  If you have a special educational need or disability or are a care leaver we can see you 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.  HML provides early support when you start to feel that life is getting out of control and you need some help to cope.

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

What is emotional wellbeing?

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

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

If you would like support please speak to your teachers or call our Duty Advice Line on 01522 309777.  If you are under 16 we will usually need to speak to your parents.

 

What we offer

The support we offer is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, which are designed to help you think about things differently and learn to cope in a more positive way.

We can support you by:
  • Directing you to use self-help
  • Workshops delivered at 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).

Workshops

These are a one-off session delivered into schools for small groups of students to attend.  The workshops are designed to help provide you with the skills to manage your emotions, thoughts and feelings with life’s ‘ups and downs’.

We offer a variety of different workshops to provide you 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

Groups are offered in your school or community and usually involve six sessions which include a session with your parents.  The aim of the groups is to provide you with strategies to help you overcome feeling anxious or low in mood.

Meeting with your parents before you start in the group helps them to understand how you are feeling, explore what you will learn and how they can support you.

The first session is a ‘meet and greet’ where you 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 you relaxation and mindfulness techniques and how sleep, diet and exercise can impact on your wellbeing.  We then look at how you can stay well.

Exploring Low Mood Group:

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

Benefits of Workshops and Groups

The workshops and groups we deliver are easy to access and during school time.  In the school holidays we deliver these in a local community venue.

It can be quite scary attending a group or a workshop when you don’t know anyone else in the group.  The first group session is set up to help make this a little easier by getting to know the others in a light-hearted and fun way.  If you are worried about coming to a group or workshop there are lots of things we can do to support you.

Although the groups and workshops are to support your emotional wellbeing, they are not like attending a lesson in school.  Groups and workshops will include lots of interactive activities, games, quizzes, alongside learning some new skills to manage your emotional wellbeing.

They have been proven to have a positive effect on your emotional wellbeing and are there to help you with life’s problems before they get too much to handle.

Top three benefits of groups/workshops:
  • You’re not alone and they help you to realise that we all have similar experiences, but cope with them differently
  • Making new friends and building positive relationships
  • Interaction in groups/workshops is optional, you can observe others or join in as much as you like.
If you have more questions about our service, check out our FAQ page to see whether they are answered here.

Feedback from young people

‘It was amazing; the people running the group are very polite and respectful.’

‘I loved it.’

‘Worked well as a group, shared ideas, light hearted, friendly people.’

‘I enjoyed going every week, thank you I enjoyed all the sessions.’

'Very healthy in the mind after that session.'

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