This year, Notre Dame marked World Mental Health Day on October 10 by introducing the MindMate Support Team to our new students.
Since January 2020, MindMate Support Teams have been based in further education and alternative provision settings supporting children and young people with emotional wellbeing needs. The service is delivered by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and aims to provide early access to support with mental health and emotional issues for young people up to 19 years old, to prevent any emotional wellbeing difficulties becoming harder to manage.
The Support Teams offer one to one and group support for students who are struggling with low mood, anxiety, worry, stress, poor sleep, or panic. They can also offer resources to help young people manage their emotions, support them to access other appropriate services, and support education staff to work with children and young people around their emotional wellbeing.
To better introduce this service to our lower sixth students, the MindMate team set up a stall in the lower study area on October 10. Our students welcomed the team and suggested some excellent ideas about how the team could effectively communicate with and support them.
The team would like to thank student Nur Rizal Shahurein who helped to set up the stall and created a fantastic display, and student Maryam Rahmani who decided to create and donate artwork that will be displayed in the MindMate central offices.
Our students can drop in to speak to the MindMate team in Hume House between 1 and 3 pm every Tuesday during term time. More information about MindMate Support Teams can be found here.