Future in Mind

The Future in Mind Transformation Programme has given local organisations in Wakefield the opportunity to continue to  transform local mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people.

The Programme has a number of core services operating under it, which helps support children and young people through different ways including; online, in-schools and in the community.

Below are the services which operate under the programme alongside further information about each service:

Kooth online counselling - Delivered by Kooth and providing evening and weekend support to young people online. Kooth counselling is free, anonymous and available to 11 – 19 year olds.

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) - Provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT). Wakefield CAMHS provides assessment, services and support to children, young people and their families who are suffering from significant mental health or behavioural challenges. This may include:

  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Severe anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • Eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia)

Primary Intervention Team - Community-based support which is offered in local schools and community services and delivered by SWYPFT. Referrals for the Primary Intervention Team are to be completed through schools.

Face-to-face counselling - A schools-based programme, delivered by Kooth and provided within the community too. Referrals for Kooth face-to-face support are to be completed through schools.

Schools and education offer - Local schools are provided with the opportunity for support during their assemblies, PHSE lessons and staff training. This service is provided by the Primary Intervention Team and is requested by schools.

Early Help Hubs - information on the Wakefield Council website - Delivered by Wakefield Council, the Hubs offer co-located services and a whole-family approach.

Community Navigators

Provided by the voluntary and community sector, four Community Navigators work across the different areas of Wakefield. Community Navigators are contacted through pastoral support team in schools or contact the Early Help Hubs for more information. The Community Navigators provide:

  • Group work to mainstream schools
  • Develop risk and resilience tools
  • Deliver the "Luggage for Life programme" which focuses on building skills surrounding emotional health and wellbeing
  • Transition support for children finishing primary school and entering high school
  • Connect children, young people and families to activities in their community.