Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

Emotional Wellbeing Support (age 11+)

Emotional wellbeing support for children & young people in Brighton & Hove, provided by YMCA DownsLink Group and the Wellbeing Service.

The CYP (Children and Young People) part of the Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service is delivered by YMCA DownsLink Group.

What is Emotional Wellbeing Support?

Emotional Wellbeing Support (aka YAC Casework) involves having up to four 1:1 support sessions with the same worker to focus on improving your emotional wellbeing. This is short-term, early intervention work which provides a mix of advice, guidance and psycho-education around a specific goal (identified by you during your assessment). Examples might include things like improving self-esteem or managing anxiety.

We draw on a various approaches in our work, including mindfulness, CBT, motivational interviewing, and sometimes just offering an ear and a space to talk things through.

We can also support people aren’t clear about what exactly they need, but who want to try having a space to talk about their emotions or worries confidentially. We can signpost to other services which may feel helpful as part of our work, such as drug and alcohol services or local youth and activity groups.

Who is this for?

Young people aged 11-25 with mild mental health needs who do not require a full course of counselling/therapy. They may need some skills-based work or guidance to prevent a further decline in their mental health and it is appropriate for them to engage in a short-term intervention of up to four sessions.

How is it different from counselling?

This support is non-clinical and generally more skills-based than counselling. Think of it as helping you to make an imaginary toolbox of ways to cope when things get tough. Counselling with our service is normally a bit longer term (around ten sessions), and might go into more detail about what’s going on underneath, why you might be feeling how you are, and support you to come up with your own ways of moving forwards.

Can I have more than four sessions?

We can be flexible at times on a case-by-case basis, however we will generally offer our support to young people who feel that shorter term work feels like the most helpful thing for them at the moment.

Where and when will the sessions be?

Sessions will be based at the Youth Advice Centre, just opposite St Peters Church near London Road. The team are available until 6pm so can offer appointments after work or school time.