Yorkshire Youth & Music receives Youth Music funding for our Young People and Mental Health project
Following our short pilot project we have successfully raised funds to continue the work, through a grant from Youth Music.
We will work in two settings; a Sheffield CAMHS Service for young people with severe and fragile mental health, and in a specialist North Yorkshire Pupil Referral Service working with young people with mental health needs.
In partnership with a CAMHS service and a specialist pupil referral service, we want to create a sustainable model of high quality, musical activity for vulnerable young people that will make a significant contribution to their own improved health and well-being, and help recovery. Our aim is to develop a model and approaches, with professional partners, which can be used widely.
- – develop approaches which increase the musical, and personal skills of young people in psychological distress, and their social skills, engagement with learning, and confidence
- – build evidence to demonstrate the contribution that thoughtful and well-planned creative activities can make to improving well-being in young people with fragile mental health
- – share our findings with the wider arts sector
Music is important to almost all young people, and is often part of their sense of individualism, belonging and identity; it offers a connection and starting point for working towards better mental health, when skilfully supported. Our experience has shown the efficacy with young people in justice and care systems, and our short CAMHS pilot showed good results.