New support helps children and young people to #Thrive

Children and young people in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) can now get dedicated emotional health and wellbeing support thanks to a new service.

Thrive logo#Thrive is a service run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Youth in Mind and Link4Life, which has been co-designed with young people.  It is funded by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group.

It helps children and young people aged up to 19 years, who live or are registered with a GP in HMR, and are experiencing emotional health and wellbeing issues.

This includes those who may be feeling worried, angry or upset, stressed about school or exams, feeling low and not enjoying things in general, or if they are experiencing bullying or relationship worries.

Children and young people can simply contact the service on 0161 716 2844. 

#Thrive can also offer advice and support to parents, carers and anyone who works with a child or young person.

Support is available in lots of different ways to make sure there is something suitable for everyone. This includes traditional one-to-one or group counselling sessions and online courses. The service can also signpost to other types of support such as sport, drama, music or art. 

Gaynor Hodson, #Thrive Programme Manager, said: “Lots of young people can experience emotional health and wellbeing issues, so no one is alone and it’s important they get the right support when they need it.

“We have many different types of support available to help children and young people feel better, enjoy life and achieve the things they want to.

“It’s also important that young people have a good support network around them, so we will always try to involve loved ones or carers in any support we provide.”

The service is currently available from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday, via the telephone number above. Drop-in sessions are offered across the borough until 8pm on some days and young people should contact the service for further information.

In the near future a central hub will be opening in Rochdale town centre. Young people have chosen to name this hub ‘Around the Corner’.

Caleb Cunniffe, Senior Therapeutic Services Manager, Youth in Mind, said: “It’s really exciting to be part of the delivery of such a wide ranging and accessible local service that offers the choice and flexibility to suit a young person’s individual needs.”

Darren Grice, Head of Culture, Health and Participation at Link4Life added: “We are really pleased to be part of this innovative new service. Young people experience many pressures which can sometimes mean they need a helping hand.

“We will be able to offer enjoyable activities like culture and sport which can help them get back on track as well as improve their health and wellbeing”.

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