Young People’s Self Harm Prevention Project

BBC Children In Need has provided funding for an exciting new project. Darlington Mind will work in conjunction with YMCA Tees Valley and a number of other local partners to help deliver awareness sessions for young people throughout Darlington.

The project officially started on the 11th May 2016 when Darlington Mind appointed a Youth Co-ordinator, part time Activity Hub worker and a sessional Counsellor. Our plan is to work with young people who have been affected by self- harm, particularly those aged 11-18 who are deemed at risk. The young people of Darlington will be involved in decision making within the project and also have a voice in what direction they feel the project should go.

The project offers a counselling service and will also be reaching out to young people in a range of settings including schools, colleges, community centres, youth clubs and sports clubs to raise awareness. So if you have friends or family members who are feeling low or need support and guidance, Darlington Mind Young People Self Harm project, is here to help you. Just call us today for a chat.

What can I expect in the workshops and what will an awareness session look like?

  • Understanding the dangers of self-harm
  • Raising awareness of self-harm
  • Emergency Plan – what can you do when you think you might self-harm?
  • Coping techniques
  • Signposting to support agencies who can help you in a variety of settings.

Activity Hub Group
We plan to establish a monthly support group for young people dealing with the impact of self-harm an associated mental health Issues. Trained staff will help young people to open up about their issues and give them an opportunity to talk with others about similar problems and issues.

Training Opportunities – how do I get involved?
We are looking for young people to get involved in the project to become Peer Mentors. If you feel you would like to be part of this exciting new project and would like to help others then please get in touch for further information. You will receive comprehensive support, guidance and training to help you help others. We would love to hear from you.

Services Offered to Young People

  • Counselling
  • Activity Hub Groups
  • Life skills
  • Stress management
  • Awareness sessions
  • Peer Mentor Training