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Key Wellbeing

Supporting people to achieve positive mental health outcomes is fundamental to the success and sustainability of our work.

Being homeless takes enough of a toll on mental health and wellbeing, but young people have also been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic which has exposed and exacerbated existing inequalities.

Feeling good and functioning well

School closures and economic uncertainty, along with restrictions on movement preventing access to a wider network of family and friends has left many young people in acute need of additional help at a time of reduced access to mental health services.

Good mental health is the foundation on which young people can build their skills, confidence, and independence. We’re strengthening our focus on prevention and early intervention to get them the help they deserve so they can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals in life.

Working alongside our mediators and progression coaches, our in-house counsellor promotes positive mental health and wellbeing for the young people at Key, giving them fast-track, open-ended, access to tailored support at a time and place to suit them.

Key provides a range of therapeutic support

  • Early intervention support in the form of wellbeing activities and opportunities to build resilience and address issues such as social isolation and loneliness exacerbated by the pandemic and mitigate its ongoing impact
  • Assessment to help the young person identify the root(s) of their difficulties
  • Talking therapy during counselling sessions to help young people change how they feel and live life better
  • One to one support around issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, isolation, relationship issues, anger management, bereavement, and sleep
  • Support around developing and maintaining positive relationships
  • Signposting to the appropriate specialist intervention, and advocacy, for young people with more complex mental health needs

Young people in supported accommodation taking part in our #HealthyBodyHealthyMind programme thanks to funding from Rise North East

"During lockdown I wasn’t working, it was lonely and the restrictions were tough. Having access to the weight training and boxing equipment at Key really helped my mental health. I’ve also been able to do 1-2-1 sessions, the training has kept me fit and focused during a difficult year.”

Young person supported by Key

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