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A chance for young people to protect their mental health

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YOUNG people in Warrington are being offered the chance to protect their future mental health.
Warrington-based health and social care charity Making Space believes that prevention is better than cure when it comes to anxiety and depression.
They have masterminded a free online course to help young people learn the skills that could lead to better wellbeing.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in 10 young people experience mental health problems. Seventy per cent will not receive appropriate help at an early enough stage.
The course, which is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) runs for eight weeks and is supported by trained volunteers. Sessions will be held at Making Space’s head office near Warrington town centre or, if appropriate, at home.
Rachel Munn, who is overseeing the sessions, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to come forward and get support for their present and future wellbeing.
“We think it is vital for young people to have the tools behind them so that they can deal with problems like stress, worry and mood swings as and when they occur. This programme will help them to understand their thoughts and behaviours, the influence they can have on how they feel
and more importantly what they can do about it.
“Our main aim is prevention. If you go through a tough time in the future, maybe at uni or in a first job in a new town or dealing with a relationship break up, this course will give you some techniques to better deal with it.”
Amelia (not her real name), 20, who has completed the course, said: “I was a bit apprehensive at first but the programme was very insightful. I’ve learned lots more ways to control negative thinking. And my support workers Rachel and Rebecca were a great help.
“We don’t always realise the bad habits we are forming and the impact they can have on our happiness”
To access the sessions, you must be aged 16-25, living in Warrington and registered with a Warrington GP.
Only 50 places are available and you need to sign up before the middle of February.
To find out more email ccbtadmin@makingspace.co.uk or call 01925 581755.

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