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2017/18: Centre 33

2017/18: Centre 33

Centre 33 is a mental health outreach service for highly vulnerable young people in Cambridgeshire.

It helps young people in the local area fulfil their potential, and empowers them with the tools needed to overcome the effects of disadvantage, inequality, poor health and isolation.

In Cambridgeshire, it is estimated that 9,275 children and young people have a mental well-being problem. Self-harm hospital admissions are higher than the UK average and rising more steeply.

Young people face emotional and psychological problems including anxiety, depression, anger, phobias, behavioural disorders, suicidal thoughts and feelings.  They may face issues such as bereavement, family problems, abuse, relationship breakdown, disability, or the stress of transitioning to adulthood.

Centre 33 offers free and confidential services including mental health and counselling, workshops and awareness training for schools, and support programmes designed to help young people make informed decisions about their health and finances.

These services reduce isolation, help young people build support networks, move away from harmful behaviour and develop strategies to make positive changes leading to improved mental well-being and resilience. One young person helped by Centre 33 said:

“I found my 6 weeks of counselling to be incredibly beneficial to my life. [Centre 33] took me from a poor place where I felt trapped and without any support to be able to make small changes which impacted in an immensely positive way.”

Global’s Make Some Noise is proud to help Centre 33 extend a rural outreach mental health service to vulnerable young people who are unable to access counselling hubs. It is hoped that this will lead to improved communication skills, wellbeing and coping strategies, and improved long-term mental health.

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