Barnardo’s Healthy Minds Wiltshire has been funded by Wiltshire Council to improve outcomes for children and young people with emotional wellbeing and low level mental health needs. The service provides information, advice, support and positive activities.
Who do we support?
Children and young people aged 5-18 who may be experiencing
- low mood
- panic, stress, worry and low level anxiety
- problems sleeping
- anger difficulties
- low self-esteem
- relationship difficulties with family or friends
- relationship problems at school or in the community (including bullying)
- feeling overwhelmed by pressure eg in relation to school work.
Please note we are unable to offer support to children and young people if they are already receiving support from another counselling agency or from CAMHS or have finished support within 6 weeks.
What do we offer?
On Your Mind website
Information, advice and support for young people and parents/carers including links to resources and organisations that can help with emotional wellbeing.
Decider skills course
Decider skills is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy principles. During the course, we will work through a series of life skills together, these skills will help in understanding the different emotions we can all experience, learn new ways of tolerating our emotional distress and to develop healthier coping strategies especially around our anxieties, behaviours and low mood.
Courses for young people aged 13 and above will be delivered online, courses for children aged 12 and under are delivered either online or limited face to face in different locations in Wiltshire. All courses are delivered after school but during school holiday timings may be more flexible.
Generally there will be 6-8 group members of similar age and emotional concerns and to get the most benefit it is important that you fully engage with the course and practise the skills taught on a regular basis. We strongly encourage you to keep your cameras on as much as possible during the online courses.
There is also the opportunity for parents/carers to attend a Decider Skills workshop for them to find out more about the skills and how to support you.