Welcome to our YEPS 18-25 section!
Here you’ll find all information and links which are relevant to you & your age bracket!
18-25 Men’s Mental Health Project
Who are we?
YEPS is the Youth Engagement and Participations Service (Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Youth Service). We work with young people/adults up to the age of 25.
In a nutshell…
- We have a Youth Worker based in every secondary school across RCT (Youth Engagement Officers)
- 5 Mental Health Workers who are community based working across the County on 121 and group basis as well as delivering projects (Mental Health and Wellbeing Officers)
- Homelessness Officer providing support to those who are homeless, sofa surfing, at risk of tenancy ending and budgeting support etc.
- A team that provides support into Education, Employment or Training (Transitional Support Workers
- A team that works specifically with 16 + advocacy and support through 121s and projects, all things rights and youth forums
Follow this link to find out more about our Teams in YEPS and putting a face to a name…
The 18-25 Men’s Mental Health Project? What do we do?
As Mental Health Youth Workers we work with young people and adults up to the age of 25, with the aim of supporting, signposting and advocating for individuals if needed. We work with people on a one to one or group basis providing information, support, encouraging strategies/ tools to help assist and better your mental wellbeing.
Why are we running this project?
We are running this project as a pilot. We chose to start this work in the centre of Aberdare as sadly there are high levels of suicide amongst men ages 18-25 in this area. We know that substance use is really popular in the area and this can have a huge negative impact on your mental health and wellbeing there is lots of research being undertaken around cocaine, alcohol and its link to violence, suicidal thoughts and death by suicide.
We would like to offer young men the opportunity of having a safe confidential space to talk through face to face one to ones with workers and also have the option of virtual support through an online live chat function with qualified workers.
Young men can book appointments/time slots and have the option of a `walk in` where they can come and talk to someone.
The team are professional youth workers with a variety of mental health training from suicide prevention and early intervention, mental health first aid, specialised training around specific mental health issues.
The Location & Time
- Location: National Cut Hut Barber Shop
- When: Wednesday
- Time: 18:00 – 20:00
- Walk In or Appointments
Men & Mental Health
Mental Health Problems affect 1 in 4 people at any time.
Men in particular can find talking about mental health particularly hard. Research shows Men are less likely to speak to friends and families about mental health issues.
A big factor of this is the damaging stigma of talking around mental health problems and how there is often a societal expectation and traditional gender role to be played and to be adhered to.
Evidence shows that men are more likely to turn to harmful ways of coping (coping methods) such as substance abuse, which in effect can cause violence and suicidal thoughts/ death by suicide.
Over 75% of deaths by suicide in the UK are the deaths of Men.
Mental Health Support Links
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