Mental and Emotional Wellbeing for Children and Young People

As children and young people go about their day to day activities and through the key transition periods in their lives, there are times when things can feel quite overwhelming. They may feel distressed, unsure, fearful, confused, anxious, low spirited or simply need an ear to listen to them. Friends and family may be concerned and may not know what to do or where to turn for help and advice.

Improving access to Psychological Therapies. (CYP IAPT): At CommUNITY Barnet, we recognise that children and young people should grow up happy, confident with the right skills and mind-set to face life’s challenges. Through our Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, our trained children wellbeing practitioners can offer confidential 1-2-1 talk therapy sessions. This service is available to children, young people struggling with early stage anxiety disorders and low mood. Using CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) techniques that help them work through how their feeling, thoughts and actions affect their mental and emotional state and a daily basis. By setting short term goals, they work with their therapist to learn coping skills that help them stay well. Keeping the children and young people at the centre of treatment, we also work closely with family members to ensure they are well supported within therapy and at home.

Supported Work Experience: For some young people living with higher levels mental health difficulties, who struggle to cope in mainstream settings we offer volunteer supported work experience opportunities. Young people who are socially anxious will learn essential life skills such as using public transport safely; as well as work skills such as following through and completing tasks and managing their mental health in the workspace – knowing when to ask for help. Our aim is to help young people who use our service grow up healthy, confident and resilient, ready to face the world.

Services that work for young people are ones that they have help design and develop. We also offer young people and their families the opportunity to help shape services by training up to be volunteer peer ambassadors. These ambassadors participate in focus groups discussion, mystery shopping and can become the representative voice of their contemporaries to help shape services in Barnet.

Our aim is to help young people who use our service grow up healthy, confident and resilient, ready to face the world.

To find out more about our wellbeing services for young people, please contact

Zoe Kattah 020 8364 8400 |

Jo Domingo | 



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