Mental Health Support for Young People with Greater Manchester Mind

Following our recent commissioning period, we are excited to announce that we will be working with Greater Manchester Mind to provide mental health support to the young people on Greater Manchester Talent Match.

Mental health problems can be a barrier for young people who want to enter employment, and trying to support a young person experiencing difficulty might seem daunting at first. The Greater Manchester Mind partnership are offering Talent Coaches the opportunity to discuss these challenges with someone to help decide on possible actions that may be taken.

All Greater Manchester Mind staff have experience in delivering this kind of support to workers in a similar field, and are trained to help Talent Coaches with any mental health concerns they have with anyone they are coaching.

The type of support available is as follows:

  • General advice on wellbeing and mental health.
  • Service advice – where young people can access support.
  • Therapeutic referral.
  • Crisis.

Talent Coaches will have access to a dedicated helpline, to use for any support needs. If you are a Talent Coach, please visit the FAQs on the Opportunities Hub for more details.

Along with this, Greater Manchester Mind are also supporting GM Talent Match by providing interventions for young people where services aren’t readily available in the area they reside. The following interventions are available:

  • Counselling: 8 one to one sessions of 50 minutes with a qualified counsellor.
  • Active Monitoring: Facilitated guided self-help working with a young person to develop coping strategies using evidence based techniques (Completed over 6 x 20 minute appointments).

Marie Graham, Programme Manager, said, ‘33% of young people on Greater Manchester Talent Match have experienced mental ill health* – this excellent opportunity with Greater Manchester Mind will allow Talent Coaches to provide the necessary support and guidance that is desperately needed.’

Jenny Higson, CEO of Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind, one of the Greater Manchester Mind partners, said ‘We’re really pleased to be working with the Greater Manchester Talent Match. We know that talking about mental health can be difficult, which is why we are excited to be supporting the Talent Coaches with training, and a mental health support line. Together, we hope to be able to make that conversation a little easier.”


*January 2018 Headline Report, Figure 9