Announcing much-needed free counselling for young people

December 2020

We are offering a series of free counselling to young people who may be struggling due to the pandemic. This is in addition to our usual ongoing youth mental health support service

Up to 10 weekly counselling sessions of 50 minutes each are available for young people aged between 16 and 25 across the county, thanks to a partnership between West Sussex Mind and Worthing Counselling. It is being funded through some extra money from the Big Lottery in response to the pandemic.

The counselling, which will be either over the phone or online via Zoom, is to help meet the increased mental health need at this time.

West Sussex Mind’s young people, children and families service manager Kim Anthony said: “We recognise that many more young people are facing difficulties because of the current crisis, whether that’s feeling isolated from friends, coping with studying alone, dealing with grief or loss, unemployment or other worries. And some will be struggling in a more significant way.

“We also know that those who already have a mental health problem may find it is exacerbated in the current situation. We’re seeing many with anxiety, depression and OCD.”

Add to this the startling statistic that one in six children and young people now have mental health problems.* West Sussex Mind’s response has been to secure some extra funding to make these intensive counselling sessions available.

If you are a young person and would like to have counselling or other support from West Sussex Mind, please submit the very short form here. If you are worried about a young person, you can email us at ypsworthing@westsussexmind.org.

*From NHS Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2020.