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What is our Wellbeing Check-In Service?

Our new wellbeing check-in service for 11-25 years was created in response to Covid-19, and the rising need to reach out to young people in their homes.

The service is designed for young people aged 11-25 who would like neutral and confidential support for mild to moderate mental health needs.  Through this service we provide weekly ‘check-ins’ over zoom or over the phone with a trained volunteer.

The idea of this service is not for the volunteers to give the young people advice or counselling, but to be a person external to the situations they are experiencing who can provide them with emotional support and help find and reach their own goals and solutions.

Each participant will be offered a session of up to 60 minutes once a week for a maximum of 6 months.

Download a Wellbeing Check-in registration form here

What can you expect?

You will be asked to complete a registration form that includes a short questionnaire. Please complete this and return to us so that we can get a better idea of whether the check-in service would be of benefit to you, or an alternative service.

Once you have completed an application form, you (or your parent/carer) will be contacted by our coordinator who will book in an informal assessment to get to know you better and talk you through how the service works.

Once you are happy with the arrangements, you will have an introductory call/Zoom meeting with your Wellbeing Check-in volunteer which will allow you to get a better feel of the service and talk through any worries or issues you may have.

If you are happy to continue, your volunteer will book in a regular time and day to contact you (either weekly or fortnightly depending on what you prefer). Contact will continue to be made on a regular basis until you feel you don’t need/want it any more, or up to 6 months.

Your Wellbeing check-in volunteer will ask you to score how your feel from 1-5 at the start and end of each session. This helps us keep track of how you’re getting on, and it also allows us to monitor the effect the service is having so we can make any adjustments/adaptions should we need to.

You will also be asked to complete a short survey measuring overall wellbeing every 4 weeks. This can be done online and should only take a couple of minutes.

All your data is protected according to Dorset Mind’s GDPR policy and will not be shared with any 3rd party.

Why now?

We know that mental health problems are a growing public health concern for people of all ages, particularly in light of recent global events. Importantly for young people, 50% of all established mental health difficulties manifest before a person reaches the age of 15, and 75% before the age of 18.

1 in 8  young people have a mental health diagnosis (NSPCC 2018). However, the Government 2015 ‘Future in Mind’ report stated that as few as 1 in 4 children and young people in the UK that could be helped are being reached. It is clear that there is not enough mental health support available in the community and Dorset Mind are working to redress that balance.

During the recent Covid 19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown, it has been clear that Dorset Mind CYP Service (DMYH) needed to think of new ways to reach out and support young people in their own homes. The wellbeing check-in service is our response to this need.

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