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Spotlight: Youth in Mind

by Greta – 27th Mar 2024

In the bustling city of Leeds, a unique beacon of support shines brightly for young people facing trauma and mental health challenges. Meet Youth in Mind, a transformative initiative designed to offer support to individuals aged 10 to 25 who have encountered distressing experiences. I recently had the privilege of speaking with Megan, who has been involved with Youth in Mind since the service opened. Megan passionately described Youth in Mind as more than just a service—it’s a therapeutic space and with genuine two-way relationships.

What is Youth in Mind?

Youth in Mind provides peer support for young people in Leeds aged 10/11 (school year 6) to 25 who have had very difficult, frightening, or upsetting experience to trauma. Their firsthand experiences shape a person-centered approach, fostering connections with young people through shared understanding.

How can Youth in Mind help?

The essence of Youth in Mind lies in its person-centered therapeutic approach. From assisting in managing friendships to crafting coping strategies, the sessions focus on whatever that young person wants support with. It’s the young person’s choice if they want to discuss past traumatic experiences, the support aims to create safe spaces for this. This holistic framework ensures that each individual’s unique needs are addressed with care and empathy.

Who can benefit from this service?

Youth in Mind welcomes anyone who lives, works or studies in Leeds aged 10/11 (school year 6) to 25.

Why choose Youth in Mind?

What sets Youth in Mind apart is its departure from conventional clinical approaches. Megan emphasizes the profound impact of connecting with someone who truly understands. The service offers a young-person led, flexible, and deeply human experience, providing solace in knowing that one is not alone in their journey.

What support is available?

Youth in Mind offers both one-to-one and group support, with options for in-person meetings, online sessions via Zoom or WhatsApp, a phone call or a blend of these. The service is tailored to the individual’s needs, with the flexibility to pause support as needed.

How can you access support?

Accessing support from Youth in Mind is straightforward. Individuals can refer themselves or someone else by completing a short form on the Mind Leeds website or by directly contacting Youth in Mind via email or phone (below)

Important Considerations

  • Youth in Mind does not directly engage with mental health professionals but can coordinate with therapists or social workers.
  • Efforts are made to match individuals with peers who share similar lived experiences.
  • The service operates on a foundation of genuine, reciprocal relationships rather than clinical detachment.

In a world where the journey to healing can feel isolating, Youth in Mind stands as a beacon of hope—a testament to the power of empathy, understanding, and shared experience.


To access Youth in Mind, visit Leeds Mind or reach out via email at youngpeople@leedsmind.org.uk or by phone at 0113 305 5800.


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