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 agency or from CAMHS.

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 groups

A programme based on cognitive-behavioural therapy to build skills and strategies for children and young people and their families.  Groups will be delivered for primary aged and secondary aged children and young people to build resilience and wellbeing.

Positive activities

Activities which will be co designed with young people and delivered in partnership with other Wiltshire services to promote the 5 steps to wellbeing.

Counselling/therapy

When you meet with our highly trained specialist counsellors you are given the opportunity to discuss what is on your mind.  Our counsellors won’t look down on you or judge you about anything you tell them. If you are 13 or over we’ll ask you whether you want us to involve a parent or carer, particularly for the first session.

We can offer 6 – 8 sessions provided online, by phone or face to face (COVID 19 lockdown dependent).  All our sessions are confidential, for most people, the 6 – 8 sessions enable a trusting relationship to develop.

Our specialist counselling can help with problems that have resulted in you feeling low or worried or anxious or stressed or having problems with sleep or feeling angry or feeling bad about yourself or your relationships or any combination of these.

6 – 8 sessions of counselling can really build your wellbeing.  We work closely with CAMHS and other organisations so we can ensure you do get the support you need if our counselling is not the right support for you.

It’s true what they say – it helps to talk!

To find out more about what we can offer please use the contact form on our Contact Us page and include your phone number so we can call you to find out more about what support you need.