MindMate teams with First Leeds to raise awareness of mental health among young people
MindMate, an online service providing mental health and emotional wellbeing support to young people across Leeds, has partnered with local bus operator First Leeds to raise awareness of its range of resources.
Posters and ads promoting the MindMate website will appear on First Leeds bus services around the city from this week, aimed at the estimated 300,000 people who travel by bus each week.
Will Pearson, Operations Director at First Leeds said: “Mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people are extremely important issues that our staff should be aware of, and that is why we’re proud to be supporting MindMate. We will be displaying posters on board our new LeedsCity vehicles to help raise awareness of the advice and support that is available.”
The MindMate website – developed in conjunction with young people – offers support and useful resources for young people, their families, carers and the healthcare professionals who support them.
It was developed by NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as part of the ‘Future in Mind: Leeds’ strategy to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people across the city.
Dr Jane Mischenko, Commissioning Lead for Children & Maternity Services at NHS Leeds CCG said: “Almost one in four children and young adults have mental health needs and often they – or their families – need information and support.”
“MindMate was designed by young people for young people, and also provides useful advice and support for families, carers and healthcare professionals. Teaming up with First Leeds will help us to promote MindMate to thousands of people every day.”