Groups and Projects designed for the Under 18s
Our funded Projects
The ME Project secures funding to manage a range of projects and groups for young people.
Check back in regularly to find out which projects are currently available.
Artfully adapting is a 6 week Art based wellbeing group!
An exciting blend of creative art, music, movement and Harry Potter-esque writing, the project is designed for young people with lower level emotional wellbeing concerns.
Contact us by email to find out the upcoming dates and availability.
The ME Project staff are pleased to be able to offer some funded sessions to children with a Mentor on a 1:1 basis.
All mentors undergo DBS clearance and are matched with young people to ensure that a trusted and safe relationship can help the child to work on their personal stresses and triggers.
Contact us to book a free mentoring assessment.
The warning signs
In children and young adults, signs of mental illness can show up in many different ways and may not be just signs of growing up.
OCD in children can manifest as compulsive behaviours, they feel they have to go through certain rituals in order to make sure bad things don't happen.
Self harming can be a way of getting rid of overwhelming feelings that build up inside. It can take many forms including banging their heads on the wall and even biting, cutting or hitting themselves.
Avoiding eating food is just one sign of eating disorders. Other signs include worrying about body image, weight loss, reducing portions, hiding/hoarding food and mood swings.
Not everyone having suicidal thoughts looks unhappy. Other signs to look out for are distancing from friends, a drop in grades, changes in sleeping & eating habits and lack of interest in daily activities.
Although Agoraphobia is commonly associated with a fear of stepping outside the home. It can manifest in children by a simple school refusal or separation anxiety.
Signs of substance abuse in young people can also mimic the signs of puberty, other signs to look out for include paranoia, memory problems and a lack of interest in friends and hobbies.
Depression in children can manifest in many different ways:
Although mostly associated as an adult illness, children and adolescents can develop depression as well. Unfortunately, many children with depression go untreated because adults don't recognise that they're depressed.
Most parents pass off their child's irritability, anger and defiant attitude as a part of normal development, but if it lasts longer than two weeks, it may be a sign of depression.
Excessive tiredness is a symptom of depression. Children may also have trouble sleeping. When tiredness starts to get in the way of things they enjoy, this could signify a problem.
A loss of interest in usual fun activities and withdrawing from friends can be a sign if depression in children.