Key Facts

  • Running across Torfaen, south Wales
  • Peer-led workshops on mental health delivered by young volunteers

Mind Matters aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 14 – 25 living across Torfaen in south Wales. Working with CAMHS, Primary Mental Health and Public Health Wales, the Mind Matters project will train young volunteers to deliver peer-led workshops on mental health in youth settings across the area.

Mind Matters is a unique and innovative partnership project that delivers creative ways to address mental health & wellbeing issues with young people. Workshops will be delivered in schools, colleges and youth establishments to young people aged 14 plus by their peers.

In 2016 we surveyed 200 young people on the issues that concerned them and the barriers they faced:

  • Over 94% of respondents stated that they did not know enough about mental health issues to recognise if help or support was needed.
  • 76% of respondents added that they had felt anxious and low mood at least once a week
  • 85% expressed that they would not know what to do if they had a friend who they thought had mental health concerns.

Mind Matters aims to address these issues to support young people to improve their understanding of mental health and how to support both themselves and others. The peer-led approach allows a safe space for young people to discuss worries, concerns and hopefully work towards supporting the 1 in 10 children in the UK who are affected by mental health problems.



Mind Matters has been awarded a Volunteering Wales grant via WCVA