We are thrilled to announce that Bucks Mind has launched a new FREE Counselling Service specifically for young people aged 13 to 21 who live in Buckinghamshire.
The service offers compassionate and confidential support to young people facing emotional and mental health challenges. Our professional counsellors provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space to explore feelings, build coping strategies and foster personal growth.
Young people can choose between face-to-face and online (using a secure link) counselling appointments.
“Good mental health is absolutely critical in ensuring our young people can succeed in education, work and all areas of life. Addressing mental health and emotional problems earlier helps to secure lifelong wellbeing. We are delighted to be able to offer this vital new service for free, thanks to grants from The Rothschild Foundation and The Clare Foundation.” Sharron Harrison, Bucks Mind’s Counselling Service Lead for Young People.
We know that there’s been an increase in the number of young people in the UK who are experiencing mental difficulties. An NHS England survey of children and young people’s mental health in 2022 found that 18% of children aged 7-16 had a probable mental disorder in 2022, up from 12.1% in 2017. Among those aged 17-19, 10.1% had a probable mental disorder in 2017, rising to 25.7% in 2022 (one in four).*
Our new free Counselling Service for Young People aims to meet this need in our community so that our young people are able to receive the support they need at the right time and reach their full potential.
*Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2022 – wave 3 follow up to the 2017 survey, published by NHS England, 29th November 2022 https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/mental-health-of-children-and-young-people-in-england/2022-follow-up-to-the-2017-survey