Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service (MYPAS) has been awarded £97,821 for its work with young people aged 12 to 18 who are struggling with mental health issues.
Over a period of three years, the BBC Children in Need grant will help fund an art therapist who will deliver a range of support services to improve the emotional resilience of local people in distress, including one to one sessions, family work or group therapy. Referrals to the project can be made a number of ways; and whether it’s made by a professional, a parent or the young person, each individual young person is consulted throughout the process to determine the best programme of support.
In addition, art therapy sessions are provided in a nurturing, relaxed and non-judgmental space, creating a safe environment. As a result, the confidence of young people accessing the service improves, enabling them to express their thoughts and feelings or explore experiences that they may have found difficult to vocalise in the past.
MYPAS manager Dave Evans said: “BBC Children in Need has supported MYPAS since 2007 and thanks to this long-term support of BBC Children in Need, we have become an established and recognised therapy service in the local area. As such we’re delighted to receive this new grant which will allow us to keep the project running for years to come, helping improve even more young lives.”
Mary Duffy, National Head of Scotland for BBC Children in Need said: “We want this year to get off to a strong start for children and young people across Midlothian, which is why we are so pleased to be funding the work of Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service. As ever, competition for funds is high, but through their application this organisation has demonstrated the tangible impact that their activities can have on those that need it most. We are so grateful to all of our fundraisers and supporters; you make these grants possible!”