Youth Links is a peer support group for young people aged 11-18. Youth Links offers a programme of therapeutic, creative and social activities designed to enhance and improve mental wellbeing. Our groups are lots of fun and they’re open to anyone – regardless of gender, race, culture, size or sexual orientation.
I really like Youth Links. The vibe is different to anywhere else. It’s really relaxed and I like everyone here – Kerry, 16
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.
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. With increasing pressures on young people online, at school or at home, 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.
My old youth group wasn’t anything like this – Rob, 14
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. All staff are trained in mental health and hold enhanced DBS checks.
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!