Youth Matters

As part of the Big Lottery Mental Health Wellbeing group, Youth Matters is for young people aged 14 to 18 who are living with mental health distress in Mendip and South Somerset. We provide three venues where young people can have one to one targeted mental health support in a warm, safe environment.

Young people we help struggle with finding enjoyment in things that used to be fun, feel isolated and lonely and that life seems a bit pointless. They tell us that it’s easier to numb their feeling with alcohol and/or drugs or lose themselves on the computer. Some are coping with being bullied leaving them anxious and worried leading them to feel angry and not in control of their lives.

You may want to talk to an adult who understands how you feel and can support you without judging you. We offer practical help such as writing a job application form or help with abstaining from addiction. Whatever the situation we can help you access information or help you find other forms of support, provide guidance, reassurance and support.

The project is ran by Annie, our experienced and friendly member of staff. The sessions are held in three areas where one-to-one support and group sessions are available by appointment only. You can be referred to us by someone else or contact us direct. A self referral form can be downloaded from our website or you can call the office on 01935 474875 or email  


Routes Caf, Frome - every Wednesday, 11am-2pm (BA11 1DS).

The Courtyard Caf
, Yeovil - every Thursday, 11am - 1pm (BA21 1HZ).   

Young People's Centre, Chard 
- every Thursday, 3pm-5pm (TA10 1RH).

Young Carers

Is a service for young people who act as carers aged 8 to 18 who have substantial caring responsibilities at home and would benefit from six sessions of one to one counselling.

Young Carers’ are looking after someone by providing substantial and regular care that persists over time and is important in maintaining the health, safety or day-to-day well-being of the person cared for and the wider family. The types of tasks being carried out are often regular, significant or substantial which would usually be associated with an adult. The term does not apply for everyday and occasional help around the home that may often be expected of or given by children in families.

This could be helping to care for a physically disabled parent or sibling, or a parent experiencing mental ill health, alcohol or drug misuse. The caring role would usually be having a detrimental impact on the young person's development, such as difficulties at school, emotional difficulties or social isolation.

Young carers may be looking after someone in their family because they are ill, disabled, or have problems with drugs or alcohol or their mental health. Young carers might be doing the shopping for them, or the cooking, or housework. or help them wash or dress. Or maybe spending time cheering them up.

The service is based across Somerset in partnership with Somerset County Council. To sign up, please contact Somerset Direct on 0845 345 9133 and ask to speak to the Young Carers' Team.

Contact Us

South Somerset Mind
Unit 4, Yeovil Small Business Centre,
Houndstone Business Park,
Yeovil, BA22 8WA

01935 474875

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