Youth Links is the peer support group for young people aged 11 - 18, run by Trust Links. Youth Links offers a programme of therapeutic, creative, and social activities designed to enhance and improve mental wellbeing. It's a lot of fun and our groups are open to anyone 11 -18, regardless of gender, race, culture, size, or sexual orientation. We would love to see you at a session soon!
Youth Links focuses on early intervention and prevention. We offer a non-clinical safe space for young people experiencing mental health issues. We aim to provide a supportive environment where young people can talk to their peers and our staff about exam pressures, anxiety, or more specific issues like depression or self-harm.
You don't have to talk about yourself or your mental wellbeing if you don't want to! Youth Links is all about giving young people a place to go where you can feel free to express yourself and learn about mental health. We would never make you do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. With increasing pressures on young people in education and training and on social media, many young people find that there is a detrimental effect on their mental well-being.
Youth Links aims to combat this by providing a safe space for exploration and enabling young people to learn coping strategies and thought mechanisms to develop- their own resilience to mental health issues.
The group isn't designed for young people with severe behavioural issues or for young people who are currently in a serious crisis with their mental health. Youth Links is facilitated by experienced Trust Links staff. All staff are trained in mental health and hold enhanced DBS checks. Trust Links staff include qualified Youth and Community workers and counsellors.
We hold three Youth Links groups at Trust Links' sites in Westcliff, Rochford, and Thundersley.
If you or a young person you know would like to join the group you can call 01702 213 134, or email us directly at Youthlinks@trustlinks.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Growing Together Westcliff
47 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG
Every Wednesday 5pm - 7pm
Growing Together Thundersley
6 Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, SS7 3DB
Every Monday 5pm - 7pm
Growing Together Rochford
34 The Rocheway, Rochford, SS4 1DQ
Every other Thursday 5pm - 7pm