Rochdale and District Mind

Listen Up Services

The Listen Up Project is a mental health and wellbeing resource for young people and young adults living in the Borough of Rochdale who are under the age of 25 years. It provides a range of services and support to promote good health and wellbeing alongside campaigning to increase awareness and reduce mental health stigma.  This national award winning programme of work offers a range of activity as outlined below.

Listen First : Peer Mentoring

Listen First peer mentoring offers face to face support for young people who have worries and / or concerns around their wellbeing.  It primarily supports young people aged under 19 years, who live in or are registered with a GP in the Borough of Rochdale.

The resource provides a trained peer mentor for a child or young person to talk to for up to 8 sessions; offering one to one face to face support carried out in public locations throughout the Borough.

The sessions are delivered within a safeguarding framework with any issues beyond universal information and education being escalated by peer mentors through the mentoring co-ordinator.

Mentors can provide a listening ear, help children and young people reduce their isolation, cope with bullying and build their emotional resilience by supporting them through a range of online resources and guiding them to build their resilience.  To access the Peer Mentoring Service, please complete the referral form here.

Mind Young Advisors

Young Advisors are a group of young people, specifically trained through the Young Advisors national network.  They are young people aged 15 to 24 who want to make a difference to their own community, offering a unique view of community life.  

Young Advisors work on projects that are of particular interest to the group, generally something we feel strongly about.  Some examples of work they do are: A homeless project in Rochdale.  Commissioned pieces of work from CAMHS exploring self-referral processes, supporting local schools in recognition of mental health and meetings with service managers and health professionals and sitting on interview panels.  Young Advisors meet every Wednesday at the Mind Wellbeing Centre, 4pm.

Peer Support Group (Bullying)

Young volunteers supported by Listen Up Project workers run a peer support group each Tuesday 4pm - 6pm at the Mind Wellbeing Centre.  The group is focused around young people setting goals and supporting each other to achieve them, reducing social isolation, tackling bullying and building esteem and building emotional resilience.  Any child or young people under 19 years can access the group, a simple registration form needs completing on attendance.

Self-harm/self-injury group

We run a closed group for young people aged 19 and under who self-harm / present risk taking behaviour.  Access to the group is by referral only.  The group is led by young people who support each other in; managing their emotional health, provide support and guidance to each other in managing risk and sharing coping mechanisms.  New members are offered a buddy to support their engagement and ongoing participation.  The group is supported by the Listen Up Project Worker and runs each Monday 4pm - 5.30pm at the Mind Wellbeing Centre.

Listen Up referral form here

Listen Up Information leaflet here

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