Local NHS launches ‘Free Talk Fridays’

As part of this year’s Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day, a MindMate Ambassador will be encouraging ‘Free Talk Fridays’, launching on 14 December.

The first ‘Free Talk Friday’, which will look at different mental health topics, will be held Friday 14 December and topics will include stress, exam stress, anxiety, self-harm and bereavement.

The talks will be led by MindMate ambassadors, who are recruited volunteers to raise the profile of the MindMate (www.mindmate.org.uk) website among the city’s young people.

Freyja Childs, who is a MindMate Ambassador, works with young people and services in Leeds to promote the MindMate website. The MindMate website provides mental health and emotional wellbeing advice and information to young people across Leeds.

Freyja said: “I’m really excited to be doing ‘Free Talk Friday’s’, where I’ll be picking a certain topic and signposting people to the relevant resources or services. The resources could be from the MindMate website, local and national charities or vloggers. There’s wealth of information out there about mental health, which some people may not be aware of.

“I have a real passion to support and improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing, and being given the opportunity to do this through the ‘Free Talk Friday’s’ means a lot to me. Sometimes doing the smallest of things like going for a walk or talking to a friend can really help you, and if you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone there are resources that you can use to help you.

“On the MindMate website we use blogs by young people on topics they care about, like; how to manage revision and stress, being a young parent and so much more, and I’ll be referring back to some of these blogs when talking about a particular topic.”

Dr Jane Mischenko, Strategic Lead Commissioner for Children and Maternity at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We wanted to do something a little different for Takeover Day and introducing ‘Free Talk Friday’s’ will be a good way for young people to see what support is available, both locally and nationally. Here in Leeds people can directly contact the MindMate Single Point of Access for support, which can be accessed through the MindMate website or by calling 0300 555 0324. We also have the Leeds Teen Connect helpline for young people in crisis – open between 6pm until 2am.”

“We will be doing the ‘Free Talk Friday’s’ on MindMate’s Twitter account @MindMateLeeds and on Facebook www.facebook.com/MindMateLeeds/.”

‘Free Talk Friday’s’ will be held on the following Fridays:

  • 14 December – 11am to 2pm
  • 21 December – 11am to 2pm
  • 4 January 2019 – 11am to 2pm
  • 18 January 2019 – 11am to 2pm
  • 1 February 2019 – 11am to 2pm

For anyone needing advice and support visit the MindMate website https://www.mindmate.org.uk/


Notes to editor

MindMate social media platforms

Twitter – @MindMateLeeds

Facebook – facebook.com/MindMateLeeds/

MindMate website

MindMate is a dedicated mental health and emotional wellbeing website (https://www.mindmate.org.uk/) in Leeds for young people (age 12 – 25), parents and professionals who work with young people.

Teen Connect

Teen Connect is a helpline for 13-18 year-olds living in the Leeds area.  We can offer up to an hour of support either by phone or online chat.  You can have up to an hour with one of our trained staff each night to talk about what you’re going through.

For further information about Teen Connect, please visit https://www.lslcs.org.uk/services/connect-helpline/teen-connect/

MindMate Single Point of Access

Leeds MindMate SPA is for professionals to refer into, when they are working with children and young people and identify they have a need for support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health. As from October 1st 2018, young people (13-17 years) or parents and carers of children (5-17 years) can now talk directly to the SPA team.

For further information about MindMate SPA, please visit https://www.mindmate.org.uk/im-a-professional/leeds-mindmate-single-point-access/

Takeover Day 

For further information about Takeover Day, please visit the Children’s Commissioner website https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/takeover-challenge/

Issued by the communications team at NHS Leeds CCG. You can contact the team on 0113 84 35528 or 0113 84 35470. Alternatively please email us at leedsccg.comms@nhs.net