The Corner’s Support U+ project is an innovative and extremely effective service that provides support and access for vulnerable young people to address traumatic and damaging mental health issues.
Mental health is one of the most challenging issues facing many young people today. The Mental Health Foundation states that 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. The Mental Health Strategy for Scotland (2012-2015) states “The focus on “prevention, anticipation and supported self management” is central to taking forward mental health policy in Scotland.
Support U+ is an example of effective and early intervention in addressing this issue, in an environment that young people find accessible, safe, understanding, welcoming and caring.
The objectives of the service are that:
- Young people will be aware of and develop an ability toexpress emotions and find ways to manage difficult feelings in a positive way. They will also be aware of other appropriate services linked with their health issues.
- ‘Hard to reach’ vulnerable young people will gain access to specialised mental health support in an environment where they feel safe.
- Young people will learn the importance of mental wellbeing, personal coping skills and positive relationships.
- A relationship will be established with agencies who engage with ‘hard to reach’ vulnerable young people, including looked after young people, and work in partnership to provide mental health support.
The ethos of Support U + is the prevention of enduring mental ill health of young people in Dundee by offering a flexible accessible service.