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Mind and Body in Lancashire

Mind and Body supports children and young adults who are self-harming, at risk of self-harming or struggling with their mental wellbeing.

We help people find positive ways to manage difficult thoughts and feelings, working with small groups in secondary schools and in the community.

  • Small group work
  • 1:1 support
  • In schools and education settings
  • In the community
  • Support for parents and professionals

The Mind and Body programme

The Lancashire Mind and Body programme teaches healthy coping strategies and helps young people to find new positive ways to manage their emotions.

This service is for you if you are:

  • Aged 13-25 living in Lancashire
  • Finding it difficult to manage your emotions and / or worried about self-harm
  • Keen to make positive changes in your life

We deliver sessions in secondary schools and education settings as well as in the community.

We also provide support and advice to parents, carers and professionals working with young people to help you be the best support you can be.

“The sessions helped me not to listen to my self-critical voice, which is so damaging. I have a whole new outlook now.”

How it works

  1. The journey begins with an initial one-on-one appointment. The Mind and Body practitioner will talk about individual needs and goals to see if the programme is the right fit. 
  2. The programme then runs as a series of small group sessions, working through a range of activities to explore different coping strategies.
  3. Everyone gets a workbook to practise tools and recap on learning.
  4. Following the group sessions, there’s a review with your practitioner to look at what has been learned and identify any additional areas where support may be needed.

Working in small groups

Initially, some young people can be daunted by the idea of working in a small group. But delivering the sessions in this way can help them to see that they’re not alone in their thinking. 

Small groups offer the potential to learn from the experience of others. Often, the groups develop strong bonds and friendships which last beyond programme delivery. 

“The programme itself was also really good as I was given great tools, some of which I can really use to help me with my struggles. The workbook is also a lovely addition, I really like how you can make it personal, as I love colouring.”

A safe space

Here at WithYou, we want you to feel safe and comfortable when seeking support, and your privacy is really important to us.

Everything you tell us, whether in person or online, is confidential. The only time this might change is if we have serious concerns about your own or someone else’s safety. 

Support for parents and professionals

Alongside supporting young people, we provide parents, carers, supportive others and professionals with information and guidance on how to help young people who may be struggling with their emotions and wellbeing, or who are at risk of self-harming behaviours.  

If you’re a parent looking for support, or if you are a professional wanting some training, we can talk you through the different options available to help you be the best support you can be to the young person in your care.  

Mind and Body for your School

If you are a school in Lancashire and would like us to deliver the Mind and Body Programme in your setting, please get in touch.

Contact us and request a Project Request Form. One of our team will get in touch with details of what we can deliver for your school. 

Get in touch with us

To find out how to access the Mind and Body programme:

Call us on 0808 164 0074

Need help right now?

If you're struggling and need to talk to someone right now, you can call Samaritans free on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

If you're in immediate danger call 999.