You may have seen some recent social media posts from Headspace and wondered what it’s all about. I’d like to introduce you to this new, local charity myself and a team of lovely people have set up to support local young people who are struggling with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

What is Headspace? Headspace offers counselling to local young people as well as therapeutic activities which promote emotional wellbeing. We’re seeking to TRIPLE this provision in 2021 and we have ambitious targets for the next 5 years. 75% of mental health issues begin in adolescence. Every year over 200 school aged children die by suicide.

There is an overwhelming need for the services we offer in this local area and this has been increased by the pandemic. Youth mental health services in Gloucestershire simply can’t cope with the demand and young people are waiting up to a year to get the help they need. Even then, to be referred they will have reached a crisis point – attempting or thinking about taking their own life or self-harming. We’re here to work proactively to support young people to access the help they need before then giving them the tools they need to cope with what life throws at them.   We need your support to raise money to triple our provision, but we also need volunteer youth workers, fundraisers and help with the awareness of our brand. You can find out more or get involved by contacting me directly at admin@myheadspace.org.uk. Your support is very much appreciated.

Kathryn Pulham, Chair of Trustees

Headspace Charity No. 1189822