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Services for Young People’s projects make a “massive difference” to young people’s wellbeing

12 May 2022

This Mental Health Awareness Week we’re looking at the many ways Services for Young People supports young people with their mental health and wellbeing.

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All Services for Young People (SfYP) projects for young people are designed to increase self-esteem, confidence and resilience, but we also have a range of projects specifically for young people who would benefit from support with their mental health.

SfYP Emotional Wellbeing projects help young people to develop a positive attitude to change, empowering them to make the most of the opportunities open to them, and develop coping strategies for improving their emotional wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem.

SfYP Supporting You projects are for young people who are beginning to show early signs of stress, anxiety or low mood. The 10-week programme is based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) techniques, focusing on the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours, delivered in a fun workshop-style environment.

We’ve just received this fantastic feedback from a parent of a young person who attended a Supporting You project in 2022:

“The projects my daughter attended last term have made a massive difference to her wellbeing! In the space of a few weeks she went from being withdrawn, with low self-esteem and regularly self-harming to a bubbly, confident and much happier girl. She is so much better at controlling her emotions… is nowhere near as anxious and she hasn't self-harmed in months! The key thing that changed in her routine was attending the Services for Young People's projects; so I can safely say that what you are doing works!”


The Go Wild at Hudnall project focuses on improving the emotional wellbeing of children and young people by helping them connect with wildlife. Delivered by SfYP in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, the project enables young people to engage in a wide range of nature-based activities, from mindfulness and art in nature to building bat and bird boxes. It also offers opportunities to volunteer to create and improve wildlife habitats at Hudnall Park.

We also support young people in Lister and Watford Hospitals as well as community healthcare settings across Hertfordshire through our Hospital Youth Work Project.

Professionals who work with young people and parents/carers can refer a young person to one of these projects here: Make a referral

If you are a young person and would like to join one of our projects, please contact your local area team. Details of all the projects in your area, as well as contact details for the team, can be found on the Youth projects in your area pages.

Access Point Projects

Young people can also meet with an SfYP Personal Adviser or Employment and Training Adviser for one-to-one support with many issues, including mental health, at any of our 10 Access Point Projects. They can either make an appointment or drop into their local Access Point Project during the opening times. Get full details on our Access Point Project pages.