Local launch of free NHS mental wellbeing workshops for children and young people


Free online workshops providing life skills and promoting mental wellbeing are being launched today by the NHS for children and young people across the county.

The area’s first online Discovery College (DisCo) is being launched by East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), which provides Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across the county.

The courses are open to anyone up to the age of 18 living in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton and the college will provide practical support to help maintain good mental health and learn skills that will help with day-to-day challenges.

A launch session for the pilot project is being held today (Monday 18 October) from 4-6pm and will explore what DisCo means.

A detailed prospectus with a range of creative engagement modules will also be rolled out over the coming months.

“Being young can be tough at times and we want to make sure a new form of support is there for children and young people who need it,” said Shiblu Miah, the Trust’s CAMHS DisCo lead.

“We want it to be accessible, friendly and practical – with an ethos of mental health hope and resilience. We are here for any children or young people in the county who need us – you don’t have to be using NHS services to be a DisCo student.”

The Trust also provides a Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health Recovery College which provides similar free help and support for any adults living or working across Bedfordshire and Luton.

Spaces are limited to 25 for the DisCo launch event – with priority given to interested children and young people.

For more information about today’s event and future events, contact shiblu.miah4@nhs.net

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