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About the Project

Southend YMCA is currently delivering a range of social action projects with an overarching aim of improving young peoples mental health. This project is funded by BBC Children in Need.

Improving Mental Health Support has consistently been a top concern for young people in Southend for the past 5 years & the Mental Health Champions project will empower young people to make a difference in their community.

We are recruiting young people aged between 14 -18 years old to become Mental Health Champions.

The Mental Health Champions training programme is delivered on either Monday or Wednesday (participants choice) across 7 weeks & participants will gain a national Level 2 Mental Health First Aid Qualification.

Sessions will be delivered at our Eco Hub Building, 2a St John's Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea,  SS0 7JZ on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm

Once full training has been provided the Mental Health Champions will be supported to deliver workshops, events and activities with their peers over the course of the year to improve mental health & well-being and reduce social isolation.

5 steps to mental wellbeing (NHS, 2024)

  1. Connect with other people. Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing.

  2. Be physically active. Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness.

  3. Learn new skills.

  4. Give to others.

  5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

5 steps to mental wellbeing (NHS, 2024)
Mental Health Champions
Gain a national level 2 mental health first aid qualification, regulated by the First Aid Awards, and by NUCO training

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Supported by BBC Children in Need

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