Mental health support available for young people in Leeds during half-term

As October half-term approaches, the NHS in Leeds is reminding young people that mental health services are still available across the city.

This half-term, as students take a much-needed break from school, the local NHS is encouraging young people who are struggling with their mental wellbeing to reach out for support if they need it. Services in Leeds will continue to be available during this time, supporting children and young people with common issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and bereavement.

Information about these services – along with advice and resources – can be found on MindMate, the local mental health website for young people.

Dr Jane Mischenko, Lead Commissioner for Children and Maternity at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This half-term will be a well-deserved break for students, who have adapted to significant changes in their school life amid the pandemic. However, we know that there will be young people struggling during this time. We want to remind them that mental health services in Leeds will still be open next week to offer support.

“The MindMate website ( has a wealth of resources that young people can use for support and advice, as well as directing them to the relevant services. We’ve also set up a page specifically around how you can take care of your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

“MindMate also has a variety of resources specifically for parents and carers, with advice on how you can provide emotional support to your child, all recommended and approved by parents in Leeds. We want young people and their parents or carers to know that support is still here for them during this uncertain time.”

If you’re a young person and need support or help with your mental health, please visit the MindMate website

Notes to editors

About MindMate

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

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