The Project commits to supporting and improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people from across East Devon and surrounding areas through the delivery of;
- Fortnightly facilitated peer support groups for young people aged between 13 to 24 years in Axminster and Ottery St Mary
- A monthly support group in Axminster for parents and carers of young people affected by mental health issues from across the south west
- Mental health awareness talks and workshops to break down the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness, working with schools and the wider community
- Information, signposting, advice and advocacy on mental health and wellbeing related issues to young people and their families by telephone, email, face to face and through our social media networks.
The Project is run by four members of part time staff and a dedicated team of volunteers. To find out more:
Telephone: 07741 646 427
Twitter: @TheprojectYP Facebook: /theprojectyp Instagram: theprojectyp
V was referred to The Project by her GP due to feeling anxiety, hopelessness and feeling she had no ability to make friends. She had become increasingly withdrawn from school and, after falling out with her current group of friends, felt that she wasn't 'good enough' to have any friends at all. This, combined with her growing issues with body image and eating, was having a huge impact on her self-esteem and living a 'normal' teenage life.
After attending regularly for a few months she said how accepted she finally felt - she was no longer 'weird' or 'crazy' if a group of people could accept her so quickly. Her confidence was growing and this began to be reflected in school and at home. She was spending more time talking to her family and attending school regularly.
At The Project we worked on various aspects of her self-esteem in one to one sessions and unpicked where her problems with eating had come from - the patterns of thought that had led her to this behaviour. Eventually she started to feedback that she was less worried about what other people thought of her. She realised that not eating was making her really grumpy and difficult to be around, until, during a one to one she revealed that she had decided to be herself - because actually being herself was enough for her and should be for anyone else.
This very quickly led to her building a new, more positive group of friend and drew on their support to get through difficult days at school.×