Charity appeals for funds to continue mental health support for students

PUBLISHED: 06:55 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 03 October 2018

Ian Morrell, Director Sarah Rees and Rev Tony Roake from Wellspring outside No.65.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Ian Morrell, Director Sarah Rees and Rev Tony Roake from Wellspring outside No.65. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A North Somerset counselling service is appealing for funds to enable it to continue providing ‘essential’ mental health support for young people.

Ian Morrell, Director Sarah Rees and Rev Tony Roake from Wellspring outside No.65.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONIan Morrell, Director Sarah Rees and Rev Tony Roake from Wellspring outside No.65. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Wellspring, which is based in Nailsea, has taken on two trainees who are providing mental health support at three secondary schools.

The two wellbeing practitioners are being trained at the University of Exeter and are providing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for students.

The initiative is funded by Health Education England for the first year, but Wellspring is desperately appealing for funds to enable the charity to continue offering the support.

Director Sarah Rees said: “Beyond March 2019, Wellspring needs to find the funds to continue this essential local service for young people.

Ian Morrell, Director Sarah Rees and Rev Tony Roake from Wellspring outside No.65.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONIan Morrell, Director Sarah Rees and Rev Tony Roake from Wellspring outside No.65. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

“The service is allowing young people, who may not have previously been able to access support for their mental health, to access support early and prevent difficulties from escalating.

“The wellbeing practitioners work with young people under the age of 18 who are struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings.

“They help young people experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood or depression.

“They also help with sleep problems, behavioural problems, low self-esteem and can work collaboratively with parents.”

Ian Morrell, Director Sarah Rees and Rev Tony Roake from Wellspring outside No.65.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONIan Morrell, Director Sarah Rees and Rev Tony Roake from Wellspring outside No.65. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The aim is to teach young people CBT based techniques to improve their mental health.

Wellspring will also be running sessions for local youngsters from Number 65 High Street, thanks to support from Nailsea Town Council.

Sarah said: “We will provide mental health support to children and young people who live locally and don’t necessarily attend the three schools where they are based.

“From October, we will provide drop in sessions on Thursday afternoons where young people can come along and learn more about the services we can offer.

“Those interested can then book 
an individual one-to-one appointment.

“We also plan to run some group sessions on mental health topics suggested by local children and young people.”

Wellspring will be recruiting more trainee youth practitioners in the near future.

To find out more about the training, or the charity, call 01275 810879 or email director@wellspringcounselling.org.uk

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