Mentoring is powerful.A small investment of time can have a positive,lifelong impact on a young person.
The Power of Mentoring | Reggie Nelson | TEDxUniversityofEssex
The Mentoring Impact Mentoring contributes to healthy brain development and stronger communities. Research shows that being involved in a mentoring relationship has a positive impact on a young person's school attendance, social skills, attitude, and behaviour with friends and family. Mentoring is also shown to play a role in preventing or reducing young person's involvement in alcohol, drugs, and crime.
Research also shows that:
One of the most effective interventions for at-risk young people is ensuring access to a caring and responsible adult role model (Satchwell, 2006).
Young person in care with mentoring relationships had higher educational attainment, less suicidal risk, less physical aggression and improved general health (Ahrens, Dubois, Richardson, Fan & Lozano, 2008).
Mentored young people report fewer depressive symptoms, greater acceptance by their peers, more positive beliefs about their ability to succeed in school, and better grades in school (Herrera, DuBois & Grossman, 2013).
Need some extra help and support? Below we've listed organisations which can be helpful if young people or their family / carers need some extra support.
Beat Call: 0808 801 0711 Website:BEAT What they do: Under 18s helpline, webchat and online support groups for people with eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
CAMHS Call: 0117 360 4040 Website:CAMHS https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/videos What they do: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services is the name for NHS-provided services in England and Wales for children, generally until school-leaving age, who are having difficulties with their emotional or behavioural well-being
Childline Call: free on 0800 1111 Website:Childline Childline What they do: Childline is a counselling service for children and young people, offering information, advice and support to anyone up to their 19th birthday.Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call them, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards. Access the Calm Zone for activities and tools to support feelings of worry or anxiety.Topics children can speak about confidentially include bullying, abuse, safety and the law.
Inspiring Young Lives Website:Inspiring Young Lives What they do: A resource written by us here at Mentoring Plus with tips, inspiration, educational tools and wellbeing resources
Kooth Online: Monday - Friday 12pm - 10pm, Saturday - Sunday 6pm - 10pm Website:Kooth What they do: Online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
Mind Call: 0300 123 3393 Text: 86463 Website:Mind What they do: Advice around mental health problems, where to get help near you, treatment options, advocacy services
Papyrus Hopeline UK Call: 0800 068 4141 Text: 07786 209697 Website: Papyrus Hopeline UK What they do: Confidential support for under-35s at risk of suicide and others who are concerned about them
Samaritans Call : 116 123 Website : Samaritans What they do: 24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk
Shelter Call: 0808 800 4444 Website:Shelter What they do: Charity working for people in housing need by providing free, independent, expert housing advice.
The Mix Call: 0808 808 4994 Text: 85258 (crisis messenger service, send text THEMIX) Website:The Mix Support and advice for under 25s, including webchat.
Young Minds Call: Parent/carer helpline 0808 8025544 Text: If you need urgent help text YM to 85258 for free. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus. Website:Young Minds What they do: Support young people in crisis
Young Stonewall Call: 0800 050 2020 Website:Young Stonewall What they do: Information and support for all young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people
Winston's Wish Freephone National Helpline on 08088 020 021. Website:Winston's Wish What they do:They provide specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, supporting grieving children and their families. This includes in-depth therapeutic support in individual, group and residential settings, as well as a Freephone National Helpline
Cruse Bereavement Care National Helpline: 0808 808 1677 Website:Cruse Bereavement Care What they do:Cruse offers telephone, email and website support for all bereaved people of any age specifically for children and young people.
Anna Freud Centre Website:Anna Freud Centre T: +44 (0)20 7794 2313 What they do:Young people told us that when they are struggling they are usually told to see a professional. They don't often get much advice about how they could help themselves.
The Mental Health Foundation Website::Mental Health Foundation Tel:+44 (0)20 7803 1100 What they do: Clear advice from the Mental Health Foundation about ways to help young people manage their feelings about returning to school after lockdown. The site also has links to lots of other helpful, free resources for parents including the option to download Axel Scheffler's free children's book on coronavirus and a multitude of articles for older children and teens from Young Scot.