Targeted early intervention group work programme for young people at risk of developing mental health problems

FIRST is a targeted early intervention programme that reduces common mental health problems in young people. FIRST is our original co-produced, resilience and emotional wellbeing group work programme specifically targeted at improving the mental wellbeing of at risk young people. It is the only early intervention, positive education programme integrating coaching psychology and positive psychology developed with and for vulnerable young people in the UK. The programme has been evidenced to increase self-regulation, confidence, communication skills, resilience capabilities and wellbeing.

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Targeted early intervention group work programme for young people at risk of developing mental health problems

FIRST is a targeted early intervention programme that reduces common mental health problems in young people. FIRST is our original co-produced, resilience and emotional wellbeing group work programme specifically targeted at improving the mental wellbeing of at risk young people. It is the only early intervention, positive education programme integrating coaching psychology and positive psychology developed with and for vulnerable young people in the UK. The programme has been evidenced to increase self-regulation, confidence, communication skills, resilience capabilities and wellbeing.

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How our FIRST programme works

Our FIRST programme is available as a licensed 'train-the-trainer' package and resource toolkit and is delivered nationally by partner organisations such as CCG’s, NHS Trusts, local authorities, charities and social enterprises.

FIRST combines interactive group work sessions with an engaging workbook and resource toolkit for young people. The programme is supported by robust monitoring and evaluation of internal capabilities of wellbeing and resilience. This helps tailor and target the intervention to effectively meet young people’s needs.

The programme is targeted at young people aged 13-17 who are at risk of developing mental health problems. This programme has been developed with young people themselves in order to best focus on their needs.

Our FIRST programmes have been a huge success in helping ‘at risk’ vulnerable young people build resilience and improve wellbeing. One of the huge benefits of our FIRST programme is that it has proven to decrease levels of stress, depression and anxiety to below clinical levels.

What will the workshop cover?

  • FIRST is an interactive positive education group programme that uses positive psychology and evidence-based coaching techniques to support vulnerable young people; through helping them develop positive coping strategies.
  • The programme also aims to help young people manage areas such as self-harm, depression, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety and negative thinking.
  • Extensive monitoring and evaluation with analysis and reporting to evidence the effectiveness of the intervention.

Practical Information

Duration
6-week group work programme, with an engagement session and follow up coaching session. The programme provides a total of 15 hours intervention.

Suitable for
- Practitioners that are delivering direct work with young people to prevent mental health problems
- Mental health support teams who want to provide evidence based early prevention group work programmes for young people
- Organisations that support young people such as charities, social enterprises, CAMHs teams, Mental Health Support teams, School wellbeing teams and or Early-help/intervention teams.


Cost
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What difference will it make?

The young people that attend the groups gain:

  • Improved perception of themselves and of others
  • Improved self-awareness
  • Develop the ability to use positive thinking skills
  • Improved communication skills
  • Skills to maintain more positive relationships

Underpinning Evidence

Our FIRST programme was co-produced alongside young people at risk of developing mental health problems or with mild to moderate mental health problems. Doing this enabled us to build a clear understanding of the difficulties that they face, the things that contribute to poor mental health and symptoms of mental illness. From this, we were able to develop a targeted programme that meets their needs, making it engaging and accessible.

The FIRST prevention programmes help young people develop a positive outlook, self-efficacy, build positive relationships and make positive choices. Our approach has been proven to increase young people’s choice and control of thoughts, feelings and behaviours (Robson-Kelly & van Nieuwerburgh, 2016), equipping them with strategies and skills associated with many positive outcomes that help to reduce vulnerability to common mental health problems. Strategies developed in our approach are broken into 3 broad categories;

  • Skills to develop positive relationships with peer’s, adults and the community.
  • Skills to understand themselves, their feelings and how to develop emotional literacy and self-awareness.
  • Understanding of thinking, such as cognitive behavioural and solution-focused approaches, stress management and recognising strengths.

How our FIRST programme works

Our FIRST programme is available as a licensed 'train-the-trainer' package and resource toolkit and is delivered nationally by partner organisations such as CCG’s, NHS Trusts, local authorities, charities and social enterprises.

FIRST combines interactive group work sessions with an engaging workbook and resource toolkit for young people. The programme is supported by robust monitoring and evaluation of internal capabilities of wellbeing and resilience. This helps tailor and target the intervention to effectively meet young people’s needs.

The programme is targeted at young people aged 13-17 who are at risk of developing mental health problems. This programme has been developed with young people themselves in order to best focus on their needs.

Our FIRST programmes have been a huge success in helping ‘at risk’ vulnerable young people build resilience and improve wellbeing. One of the huge benefits of our FIRST programme is that it has proven to decrease levels of stress, depression and anxiety to below clinical levels.

What will the workshop cover?

  • FIRST is an interactive positive education group programme that uses positive psychology and evidence-based coaching techniques to support vulnerable young people; through helping them develop positive coping strategies.
  • The programme also aims to help young people manage areas such as self-harm, depression, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety and negative thinking.
  • Extensive monitoring and evaluation with analysis and reporting to evidence the effectiveness of the intervention.

What difference will it make?

The young people that attend the groups gain:

  • Improved perception of themselves and of others
  • Improved self-awareness
  • Develop the ability to use positive thinking skills
  • Improved communication skills
  • Skills to maintain more positive relationships

Practical Information

Duration
6-week group work programme, with an engagement session and follow up coaching session. The programme provides a total of 15 hours intervention.

Suitable for
- Practitioners that are delivering direct work with young people to prevent mental health problems
- Mental health support teams who want to provide evidence based early prevention group work programmes for young people
- Organisations that support young people such as charities, social enterprises, CAMHs teams, Mental Health Support teams, School wellbeing teams and or Early-help/intervention teams.


Cost
Request a quote

Underpinning Evidence

Our FIRST programme was co-produced alongside young people at risk of developing mental health problems or with mild to moderate mental health problems. Doing this enabled us to build a clear understanding of the difficulties that they face, the things that contribute to poor mental health and symptoms of mental illness. From this, we were able to develop a targeted programme that meets their needs, making it engaging and accessible.

The FIRST prevention programmes help young people develop a positive outlook, self-efficacy, build positive relationships and make positive choices. Our approach has been proven to increase young people’s choice and control of thoughts, feelings and behaviours (Robson-Kelly & van Nieuwerburgh, 2016), equipping them with strategies and skills associated with many positive outcomes that help to reduce vulnerability to common mental health problems. Strategies developed in our approach are broken into 3 broad categories;

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