Mental Health Resource has been awarded funding by BBC Children in Need to part-fund our Reachout Youth project and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people in West Kent.

Mental Health Resource Reachout Youth groupReachout Youth’s café style sessions are aimed at young people aged 13-19, who are experiencing emotional or mental health difficulties. The groups, which usually take place after school twice a week but are currently delivered virtually, bring young people together to reduce stigma, support the development of coping strategies and provide a safe space for the young people to make friends.

BBC Children in Need funding will mean that young people can continue to access a safe space to receive 1-2-1 support to help them work through issues such as the effects of social media, bullying and relationships. Funding will also enable us to establish a new Reachout Youth group so that even more young people can attend our groups.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,800 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

And groups like our Reachout Youth project are needed now more than ever. In Kent, 50% of lifetime mental illness begins by the age of 14. Through providing these facilitated groups, young people will be able to share stories meet other young people who’ve had similar experiences.

“We could not continue to reach out to the young people in Tunbridge Wells without the support of BBC Children in Need. This grant will go on to change the lives of so many young people and give them the support they need.” Rachel Corry, Charity Manager.

Fundraising For Reachout Youth

We are delighted to win BBC Children in Need funding, but we still have ongoing costs associated with the projectIf you would like to make a donation, we would be very grateful for your support.