Parents and carers

What is Young Minds Matter?

The Young Minds Matter service provides a range of comprehensive and multi-disciplinary community based mental health and emotional wellbeing services for children and young people in North East Lincolnshire.

The services is made up of highly skilled and experienced staff, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, group workers and practitioners.

The service also includes employed peer support workers with lived experience of mental health and emotional wellbeing challenges to aid and support our service users.

Who is it for?

All children and young people up to their 19th birthday who are resident and registered with a GP within the North East Lincolnshire area can access the Young Minds Matter service.

It may be that you are looking to refer to the service if you have concerns about a child or young persons mental health or emotional wellbeing. This can include if they are already receiving support from other professionals such as the GP, school nurses, counsellors, support workers and family workers. Young people can also be referred before any professionals have supported them if they are deemed to be a risk and need immediate access to assessment and treatment from mental health professionals. This is done by a discussion with the duty line clinician or out of hours by either the police or the A&E department at the hospital.

Additionally, you can speak to us for advice or coping strategies to enable children and young people to manage the onset of any emotional wellbeing or mental health challenges before they develop or escalate further.


What sort of treatments are there?

There are many different treatments we can offer, including:

  • Theraplay - a special therapy designed to help build relationship and trust between children, young people and those who care for them (usually parents) and increase their own self-esteem.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) -  it looks at how people think and feel about things. It helps by explaining how behaviour impacts on ourselves, other people and different aspects of life.
  • Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - it helps people accept that difficult thoughts or feelings cannot always be changed. It works by teaching coping mechanisms and enabling strategies to help manage them.
  • Group work (DBT & CBT) which is therapy undertaken in a group setting with other people. This is a proven therapy that works for people who may need to realise they are not alone in how they feel. People sharing the same experiences can be a brilliant support and recovery network for each other.
  • Medication, which can be used when other treatments don’t work. They can also be used in conjunction with therapies.
The Practitioner who completes the assessment will talk to the young person (and parents if appropriate) about their desired outcomes and goals and will work with them to determine the most effective way to achieve them.

How can Young Minds Matter help?

We can help with:

  • Advice on coping strategies to help prevent mental health or emotional wellbeing problems escalating.
  • Low mood, depression, anxiety, phobias and obsessive thoughts and behaviours.
  • Trauma, PTSD, self-harm and thoughts of suicide.
  • Eating difficulties / disordered eating, including anorexia and bulimia.
  • We also offer specialist support services for children and young people with a learning disability, autism and ADHD.

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