Buckinghamshire Mind has received a grant from Aylesbury Vale District Council to help fund its vital new Youth Counselling Service, which supports young people with mental health problems in the county. The funding allows Buckinghamshire Mind to subsidise some of the cost of counselling sessions for 11 to 18 year olds in Aylesbury.
The Buckinghamshire Mind Youth Counselling Service, based in Aylesbury and High Wycombe, provides Counsellors who work one-to-one with young people experiencing anxiety, depression, loss, difficulties with anger, recovery from traumatic events or other mental health difficulties.
“Mental health problems are a part of life, with one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem in any given year,” explains Sharron Harrison, Young People’s Team Lead, Buckinghamshire Mind. “However, early intervention with young people can help to ensure good mental health into adulthood. Our Youth Counselling Service provides a safe and confidential place for young people to talk about the issues they are experiencing.”
Fees for the Youth Counselling Service in Aylesbury are subsidised and are charged on a sliding scale dependent on individual financial circumstances. This means that it is able to help young people who urgently need support but cannot afford private therapy or do not meet criteria for statutory services.
The Service is independent, operating separately from GPs and other Statutory Agencies, and is an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. All Buckinghamshire Mind’s counsellors adhere to and work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
To find out more about Buckinghamshire Mind’s Youth Counselling Service, please call 01494 463364 or visit www.bucksmind.org.uk/services/counselling-for-young-people