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Sortified mental health project on the lookout for participants in Bourne

A new mental health project for teenagers is on the lookout for participants.

The ‘Tell It Like It Is’ project by Sortified, will take place at the Butterfield Day Care Centre in North Road, Bourne, and would like to hear from 13 to 18 year-olds who would be interested in taking part.

Richard Collins, Sortified’s creative director, said: “One in 10 children will experience the effects of mental health issues, and concerns over their emotional wellbeing.

Mental health
Mental health

“It has been recognised nationally that services need to be implemented urgently, supporting young people with their health and wellbeing. This is equally true in Bourne as it is anywhere else.

“It is undeniable that young people today are facing increasing pressures to achieve, work harder and fit in, all potentially exacerbated by social media and peer pressure.

“As a result it is essential that young people receive appropriate support and input around mental health.

“We know that one of the best ways of providing support is directly from peers.

He added: “We want to empower young people to generate their own resources, content and toolkits, and then to share them with others.

“Our project is all about empowering young people who have been affected by mental health issues to share their stories and experiences, improve their emotional and mental wellbeing, support each other, increase their own knowledge and understanding, reduce stigma, and learn some new skills and experiences.

“This is an exciting, empowering opportunity for young people to join together in a positive way, learn some skills, share some experiences, and help others.”

The project aims to meet weekly for around two hours a week, over an eight-week period.

Those taking part will be supported by an experienced and qualified project worker and there will also be funded counselling opportunities.

To take part or for further information, e-mail Lynne Jones-Wade via lynne@sortified.com

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