Posted: 16.06.21 at 15:45 by Philippa Davies
Face-to-face mental health support sessions for young people are starting up again in Sidmouth, with the return of the Headlight service’s group meetings.
During the Covid restrictions, the in-person support for 13 to 24 year olds had to be replaced by a temporary online and telephone service.
But today (Wednesday, June 16) Headlight’s manager Ben Feasey has announced that the groups are up and running again – Monday evenings from 6pm until 7.30pm for Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary.
Headlight use peer support and facilitated group sessions as well as one-to-one support for young people. The group sessions mean young people get support and encouragement from their peers, as well as from a friendly and professionally trained team of staff, and volunteers. The one-to-one work is done with a mental health support worker.
As well as Sidmouth and Ottery, they also work in Axminster, and take referrals from across East Devon.
Ben said: “‘We work with young people to set goals and targets for themselves and gain tools in resilience and confidence.
“I’m so happy that we are able to support young people in the way they want again - times have been hard for so many young people and we are eager to encourage anyone within our age range to come forward and get some help if they need it.”
Young people can be referred for support by a parent, teacher or GP, or they can refer themselves.
Referrals can be made via Headlight’s online form on the Action East Devon website.
General enquires can be made at [email protected]
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