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Supporting young people in your community

Whether you work at a youth club, coach a sports team, or run extra-curricular activities outside of school, we have practical information, resources and tips that give you the tools you need to support a young person with their mental health.

Do you work in the community?

Being an adult in a young person’s life who they open up to about their mental health can be a rewarding but challenging responsibility to take on. Whether you work at a youth club, coach a sports team, or run extra-curricular activities outside of school, we know the positive and crucial role you play in the lives of young people but often feel under-equipped to support them.

Here you will find practical information, resources and tips that give you the tools and confidence you need to support a young person with their mental health.

 

Being a trusted adult in a young person's eyes isn't as complicated as it may seem. You just need to listen, be kind, and show you care for them. Just being there for them when they need it means more than you would imagine.
Rachel - young person

Tips and advice

How to have a conversation with young people about mental health

We worked with adults supporting young people's mental health to consider when might be a good time to check in with a young person.

Read our guide on having conversations about mental health

Building supportive relationships with young people

We worked with adults supporting young people in their communities to come up with a number of tips to help build positive relationships to talk about mental health. 

Read our tips on building relationships

Resources for supporting young people

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Across the country there are adults who are supporting young people with their mental health. We wanted to share some of their experience and resources with you.

The mood battery resource can be used one-to-one or with your groups. Hear what the young volunteers who use the resource have to say in our accompanying video.

Read about the mood battery resource

More resources for you

We have created resources for people just like you who are working in the community, to help you feel equipped when a young person turns to you for support.

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Mental health training

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Our training courses are designed to build your understanding of key mental health issues and give you the confidence to make a difference in young people's lives.

Take a look at our courses and see how our expert trainers can give you the practical skills to support young people in the community.

Mental health training

Our research

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Explore our research amongst adults who young people turn to for mental health support. 

Read our research report

Mental health support for Black young people

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We've teamed up with The Ubele Initiative, Mind and Best Beginnings to help create a space for Black young people to find support, care and joy.

The word bayo comes from Yoruba and means “joy has found us”. We chose this as the name for this platform, as we want it to be somewhere not just for Black young people to get support, but to draw strength.

As part of the campaign, we've created a list of organisations that work specifically with Black young people, including places where Black young people can get mental health support in their local community.

Find out more about Bayo

Other resources you might find useful

See our guides and information that you can use or pass onto young people and their parents.