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Mighty Minds is mightier than ever!

SELFA are very pleased to say that Mighty Minds is continuing in 2024-2025 which will allow us to support more young people in Craven experiencing mild-moderate mental health needs. We’re looking forward to meeting new young people and visiting more schools across our wonderfully rural district.

April 2023 marked the beginning of our Mighty Minds programme, a new strand to SELFA’s mental health provision. Mighty Minds is a part of the Youth In Mind service coordinated by Mind In Bradford. SELFA are one of eight providers delivering mental health and wellbeing support across the Bradford district and Craven.

SELFA’s Mighty Minds programme offers both one-to-one mentoring support and a group wellbeing programme for children and young people aged 5-19 and up to 25 with additional needs. We travel across the Craven district delivering the programme in both primary and secondary schools. If a child accesses the one-to-one support, they will receive up to six mentoring sessions where they can explore their emotions and work with staff to set and plan the goals they would like to achieve. If a child accesses the group support, they will join their peers on a 10-week wellbeing programme that aims to develop emotional intelligence and devise positive coping strategies to help them manage their emotions.

From April 2023- March 2024, SELFA supported 107 young people via the Mighty Minds programme across 18 different schools. We’ve received some wonderful feedback from young people, parents and schools about the programme and the difference that it has made.

“It’s actually been refreshing to have someone come and see me that actually listens.” – Young person, aged 14.

“I know how to talk about my feelings now. I used to not like talking about them but I can do it now.” – Child, aged 8.

“My daughter has been attending the Mindful programme that Lucy from SELFA ran on Thursday afternoons. I just wanted to pass on my thanks as she has really enjoyed the sessions and I believe has benefitted significantly from attending. Is there any further support from SELFA that she would be able to access?” – Parent

“A has found it very beneficial to have this time out of class with yourself. Not only has it presented him time to talk about his feelings but it has given him some quiet time away from peers. A told me that he appreciated time away from his friends who are a distraction. It’s difficult for us to find time to do this at school within his timetable so we appreciate your ongoing support.” – Class Teacher

To find out more about Mighty Minds or other mental health support that SELFA can offer please do get in touch. You can also find out more about the Youth In Mind service here .

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