New Mind group for young people set up in Mansfield

STATISTICS show one in 10 young people suffer from mental health issues and a new team set up in Mansfield is hoping to make a difference for struggling youngsters in the area.

Mansfield’s Central Notts Mind has just received three years worth of Big Lottery funding and staff are setting up a support group for 17-25 year olds in the town.

Access co-ordinator Sharron Adey is part of a six-man team which has conducted a three-month review and identified a gap in support for young people in Mansfield.

She said: “Mind is seen as an older person’s service but we are pushing and focusing on young people.

“We have met young people approaching us with self-harming and bullying issues and anxiety.

“There are a million and one causes - some of the issues stem from parents and treatment at school or it could be down to a death they are not coping with.”

The new group will meet every Tuesday between 5-7pm at Mind’s St John Street headquarters.

The session will be divided between an hour-long group therapy session for eight and another group of 20 taking part in activities to help build confidence and self-esteem.

Sharron and the team are keen for young people to volunteer with the project - which she hopes to launch by April.

They already have 20-year-old Jade Miet-Piechocki and Thomas Holmes (19).

To that end Sharron is also asking young people to take part in a competition designing a logo and name for the group.

The lucky winner will receive two free cinema tickets so they can treat a friend to a night at the movies.

If you would like to enter the competition, apply to volunteer or join the support group please write to Sharron Adey, Central Notts Mind, 12 St John Street, Mansfield, NG18 1QJ.

Or you can visit comunityscheme@centralnottsmind.org or phone 01623 658044.