Youth Links reach out during World Teen Mental Wellness Day

In the past 25 years, rates of depression and anxiety in children have soared by 70%. And in research conducted by Healthwatch Essex, around 22,500 children in Essex have some kind of mental health problem that needs specialist help. These statistics are a harsh reminder of how indiscriminately mental health problems can affect all of us, regardless of age.

This is why World Teen Mental Wellness Day is so important. The day aims to highlight the importance of young mental health, encouraging people to speak out about mental wellbeing and what support is available.

In support of World Teen Mental Wellness Day, the Trust Links team are reaching out in a bid to support young people aged 11 to 18. The youth group, Youth Links, aims to help young people understand their mental health and emotional needs in a non-clinical environment.

Members of Youth Links laughing while baking

In support of World Teen Mental Wellness Day, the Trust Links team are reaching out in a bid to support young people aged 11 to 18. The youth group, Youth Links, aims to help young people understand their mental health and emotional needs in a non-clinical environment.

The group use a programme of therapeutic, social and creative activities to support young people from all walks of life, with all kinds of struggles, from exam pressures to anxiety. In a recent survey, young people from Youth Links told us: “I like that we can talk about our problems and no-one judges us.” One of the young people said “It gives me time away from normal life, a bit of headspace, new friends.”

Another attendee of the youth group, aged 16, said: “I really like Youth Links. The vibe is different to anywhere else. It’s really relaxed and I like everyone here.” 

With Youth Links being designed to benefit the needs of the local youth, we are holding a Free Pizza Focus Group for young people aged 11 to 18. By inviting children and their parents to help design their ideal youth group, we hope this will enable the people of Rochford to shape the youth group’s activities to meet the needs of those attending, or help to open doors to new attendees. The focus group will be held at Open Doors Rochford, 11 West Street, SS4 1BE on Wednesday 11th March, from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Youth Links is hosted at three Trust Links sites from 5pm to 7pm. Wednesdays at Growing Together Westcliff, Thursdays at Rochford, and Mondays at Thundersley. If you would like to find out about joining Youth Links, and other ways Trust Links can help, visit www.trustlinks.org.

You can also email Youthlinks@trustlinks.org, or call Trust Links on 01702 213134.