10 May 2017
The Berkeley Foundation has joined forces with The Prince's Trust, Lambeth and Southwark Mind, and Tower Hamlets and Newham Mind, to provide new mental health support to young people in the Trust's Kennington and Poplar centres. This pilot project is funded by the Berkeley Foundation and aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young Londoners.
The Prince's Trust centre in Kennington and the Morgan Stanley centre in Poplar will enable young people to access to one-to-one counselling support from Mind. This one-on-one support will help young people improve their confidence, communication, and personal development.
In addition, the two centres will also host regular peer support groups, led by young people who have previously been supported by The Prince's Trust. These sessions aim to start a continuous cycle of young person focused mental health support in the local community.
This new effort to improve the mental health of young people in London will also see mental health support provided in South and East London.
Stuart Cowen, Chief Executive of the Berkeley Foundation said "We are really pleased to be working with The Prince's Trust and Mind in Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Newham to provide this new mental health programme to young people.
"The Berkeley Foundation are firm believers in the importance of good mental health, resilience and wellbeing young people." Stuart Cowen, Berkeley Foundation Chief Executive.
"At The Prince's Trust we see first-hand the serious impact issues like depression and anxiety can have on a young person's aspirations and life chances. It is also clear to us that in order to ensure we give young people the best possible opportunity to pursue their education and career goals, it's vital that we provide this much needed mental health support.
Chris Harris, The Prince's Trust Mental Health Advisor said "We will be monitoring the impact this new mental health support has on the wellbeing, confidence and personal development of young people in East and South London, in order to increase and strengthen the support we can provide to the young people we work with across the UK."
The Berkeley Foundation are firm believers in the importance of good mental health, resilience and wellbeing in supporting young people to develop the skills and confidence to build the future they want. That's why we are proud to fund this important mental health support