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Mental health services for young people in North Somerset


A social movement for mental health by and for young people is launching new services in northern Somerset, providing information and support on mental health and well-being to 11-18 year olds in the region.

Young people can now sign up for the Off The Record (OTR) services at otrnorthsomerset.org.uk.

OTR has a reputation for working in an inclusive, youth-led and strengths-based manner, and now reaches over 13,000 young people each year through a diverse range of offerings, including increasing digital offerings.

It is this digital offering, along with delivery to schools in North Somerset, that will enable OTR to support 11-18 year olds.

The group will continue to work under lockdown guidelines and will soon have found a local in the area to develop further in-person work in the months to come.

The reach of the OTR in North Somerset has been guided by collaboration and consultation with existing partners and service providers in North Somerset, and will be further shaped by the voice and needs of young people.

OTR North Somerset’s current offering includes the Resilience Lab – group sessions that contain a wealth of ideas on how to cope with stress, stay relaxed, discover strengths, reach out to others and to stay in the know when life gets tough.

Mind Aid is a group workshop for anyone aged 11 to 17 struggling with difficult feelings related to stress, anxiety, bad mood or depression, while Acts of Activism is an eight-year project. weeks for 16-18 year olds where the group learns about different topics around social action and activism.

The group has launched its North Somerset website, where young people can register for the projects.

OTR Managing Director Karen Black said: “We are really excited to start gradually introducing our offering to the region and to work with partners and young people to help build a healthier and happier North Somerset.

“We want to work as flexibly as possible in community settings to let young people know that support is available when things are difficult and stressful, but also to understand what keeps us well and happy.

“We are delighted to have already been so warmly received and look forward to expanding further services in the months to come.”