01 February 2018

A Community Support Worker with CAMHS in Bedfordshire has delivered a starring role in a video promoting a mental health project supporting young people. Gemma Douthwaite was filmed talking about the Yoga for Young Minds project run by Bedford Borough Council in partnership with ELFT.

She helped establish the sessions which are designed to support young people experiencing mental health and wellbeing challenges and their families. Children and young people take part in the fun yoga sessions at the John Bunyan Sports and Fitness Centre with the experienced instructor Rachaell.

While they are taking part parents are encouraged to stay in the café at the newly refurbished sports centre and speak with CAMHS staff who offer advice and signposting to local services. There is no pre-registration required and families can simply ‘just turn up’ and take part. The yoga costs just £2 per person per session and welcomes young people aged between 12 and 18.

No diagnosis is required and anyone who feels they may be experiencing conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health related problems is welcome to attend. The sessions are part of the successful #JustTurnUp initiative in Bedford which also offers an adult yoga session on a Wednesday afternoon along with other sports aimed at supporting mental and physical wellbeing.

Visit the Just Turn Up page of the Bedford Borough Council website for a full list of activities.

Contact Robert Lindsay from Bedford Borough Council on 01234 718829 for more information.

Watch the young mind video here: