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During Children’s Mental Health Week – running from 1-7 February – the Stevenage Young People’s Healthy Hub (YPHH) is highlighting the mental health support that is available.

The online Young People’s Healthy Hub focuses on providing specific advice to young people, aged between 11-16 years, during this difficult time.

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

The YPHH is working with Mind in Mid Herts to offer free one-to-one counselling sessions virtually. The sessions will begin on Tuesday 2 February, and will allow young people to seek the tailored help and advice for mental health related concerns from a trained counsellor.

The hub also has a range of referral partners where young people can go for further help and support, including Kooth, Just Talk Herts and Healthy Young Minds in Herts.

Councillor Richard Henry, Executive Member for Children, Young People, Leisure and Culture, said: “The Young People’s Healthy Hub is here to offer advice and support to young people during Children’s Mental Health Week and beyond. So if you, or a young person you know, may be struggling during this difficult time please get in touch with the hub today for personalised help.

“Mental health is complex and can be impacted by many different factors – and being active, self-care and learning new skills all feed into our wellbeing. The hub provides a wide range of health and wellbeing advice and courses that all have the ability to improve mental health, with more planned for the future, so please keep an eye on our website for updates.”

For more information, visit our Young People’s Healthy Hub pages, call 0781015485 or email yphealthyhub@stevenage.gov.uk.

The hub is open Tuesday-Thursday, from 3.30-6.30pm.