Llanelli Mind Resilience Project

by Jennifer Caton in Llanelli, Wales, United Kingdom

Llanelli Mind Resilience Project
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On 7th October 2020 we successfully raised £20 ( + est. £2.50 Gift Aid ) with 2 supporters in 42 days

We aim to support local youth . Mind revealed during lockdown 25% of young adults 18-24 years have felt loneliness, suicidal and self harmed

by Jennifer Caton in Llanelli, Wales, United Kingdom

Llanelli Mind are a small team of dedicated qualified and experienced staff, we have been supporting adults in the local community for over 34 years. One area we have identified to need vital support due to  health inequalities of  the youth within Llanelli . This project will aim to identify young people at most risk of stress and anxiety, who are suicidal and/or self harm in deprived areas. 

Llanelli have been recognised to be most deprived town in Wales: most vulnerable identified are those that live in theses areas of Llanelli,   Tyshia, Llwynhendy, Bigyn and Glanymor

 Tyshia ward 2 has the highest rate of deprivation, contributing factors include lowest standards of housing, their physical environment, community safety, poor education , long term physical and mental health conditions, highest levels of unemployment and usage of food banks, highest use of  substance misuse .

We have 4 distinct projects the welcome centre, Befriending service, Cluster project (counselling and emotional wellbeing course) and Twilight Sanctuary service. 

The money fundraised would be used to  to pilot a young persons peer support and befriending service. Dependant on the local need and the effectiveness and outcomes achieved this would help us to  explore longer term service delivery which will be sustained through other local funding grants.  

We aim to start up a steering group of young people to be part of the co production and co design. We believe it is important for service user engagement as their involvement is key to success.

We would look to engage and work collaboratively with several agencies, both secondary and third sectors as well as schools, colleges and youth workers. People could self refer or another agencies could signpost and refer.

Thousands of children and young people in the UK are thought to be impacted by self-harm each year. Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the subject with children can be an uncomfortable experience. 

All staff and volunteers working on this project will be trained in advance of, ‘Talking to young people about emotional resilience and self-harm’, the course has been designed to provide you with tools and awareness of the subject to help you approach young people  with confidence about the issue. 

Our youth project worker will provide significant added value to this project as they will be able to provide advice, key links with across the region and, crucially, provide workshops and training for young people giving them a  Toolkit. some of the workshops will include looking into Stress and ways to manage stress, the youth worker  will engage with the participants and discuss techniques for coping with stress.  They will  look into relaxation and cognitive techniques such as maladaptive, problem-focused, and emotion-focused. there will be a focus on how exercise can reduce stress, looking at useful exercises and their long-term effects.   This will ensure that the groups have the skills and knowledge they need to get the most out of the group and increase its prospect of becoming sustainable.

We will capture data via surveys and questionnaires during the groups’ meetings to establish their efficacy throughout and this data will be fed back, giving further added value to the project as this can then further inform the development of suicide prevention services in the region.

Activities would be built on existing resources within the community with the focus on developing and helping people grow and become stronger and more resilient.

We want to purchase Lamplight is an online database system designed to be scalable and flexible. You set the fields you need. Lamplight would evaluate what impact and measure the difference the activity has made for local young people in relation to feelings of loneliness, anxiety,  suicidal and/or self harming.

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