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Meet the Team: Children and Young People’s Services (CYP)

This weekend we mark World Mental Health Day with our special event the Headstock Weekender. This two day virtual festival includes live music, comedy and an exclusive line-up of wellbeing activities.

The event is free to view but donations are encouraged to support the work of Manchester Mind and Help Musicians.

Or donate £5 by texting HEADSTOCKLIVE to 70085

Money raised for Manchester Mind will be specifically used to support our services for Young People, including counselling, our virtual wellbeing cafe and our listening ear service.

You can meet the team who deliver our young people’s services by scrolling down…



CYP Service Manager
I have worked for Manchester Mind for nearly 2 years.
In my role I manage all our young people’s services, ensuring they help young people recover and thrive.
For World Mental Health Day I will be going for a run with a local running group and then eating a really colourful meal (maybe followed by some chocolate).



Senior Counsellor
I have worked at Manchester Mind for 6 and a half years.
I feel privileged in my role to work with people from all walks of life and have them share their life experiences/stories with me without being judged and helping to empower them.
For World Mental Health Day I will donate to our Emergency Food Response, to help those experiencing food poverty.



Peer Led Services Team Leader
I have worked at Manchester Mind for 2 years.
My role is focused on ensuring that the young people we work with are involved in a meaningful way. From design to delivery, they are integral to the development of our services.
For World Mental Health Day I will be practise mindfulness by meditating and will be checking in with one of my friends.



Schools Mental Health Practitioner
I have worked at Manchester Mind for just over a year and a half.
I work across four secondary schools. This role is important as I am able to provide one-to-one mental health support to many young people who may otherwise have struggled to access the support they need. This is a role which I am very proud of and grateful for.
For World Mental Health Day I am sending a care package to my brother who has just gone to university to study Medicine. This is a really difficult time to start student life, so I want to make sure that he feels supported and socially connected with his family, even whilst having to remain physically distant from us.

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CYP Advice Team Leader
I have worked for Manchester Mind for 3 years.
I help young people to make and manage benefit claims, address debts and housing issues. Our service works in partnership with GMCDP and Centrepoint and I am responsible for managing the other advisors and liaising with partner organisations. My job is important because it is extremely difficult to apply for and manage benefit claims and I have specialist knowledge in this area. Young people are disproportionately affected by changes in the welfare and housing system and it is important that their needs are met and their voices heard.
For World Mental Health Day I will enjoy going for a nice walk, because being active is good for physical and mental health.


CYP Advice Worker
I have worked at Manchester Mind for many years.
I provide welfare rights advice to the families of 13 to 18 year olds. Referrals are targeted to support those who are most in need. We work closely with partner organisations to enable joint work around emotional needs and practical financial support.
For World Mental Health Day I will be ringing one of my friends who I have not spoken to for a while, making sure they are okay.


CYP Advice Worker
I have worked at Manchester Mind for 2 years.
I work closely with young people on their welfare benefits, housing, debt and other related issues. My job is important as I help to sort out their practical problems, providing a good foundation on which to build positive mental health, as it can be hard to start recovery without that stability.
For World Mental Health Day I will be going for a walk looking at the lovely autumn colours on the trees. I know that I always feel brighter after I’ve had some exercise outside.


We know that the lifting of all existing restrictions with regard to COVID-19 will for many people be a relief and be welcome, but for others it will be causing great anxiety.

As an organisation we need to ensure that we are managing these changes carefully and have a service update detailing how we will be responding over the coming months.

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