Youth Support Services

Build Sound Minds

Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health, in partnership with Action for Children, has launched a new service to support children and young people aged 0-17 years old across Derbyshire who are experiencing anxiety and other mental health difficulties.

Build Sound Minds Derby and Derbyshire was officially launched in June 2019 with DFMH accepting referrals from September 2019.

The project, funded by the Clinical Commissioning Group, provides specialist early intervention support for over 2,300 of Derbyshire’s children and supports them to build resilience and reduce the development of more serious emotional and mental health issues, better preparing them for the challenges of life. DFMH offer tailor-made support for young people aged 15.8 years to 17 years (up to the first day of their 18th Birthday). Action for Children offers support for children, young people and their families from age 0 – 15.8 years.

Children and young people will be supported through one-to-one therapies, face to face or by telephone or video session, in schools as part of a school clinic or by group programmes designed to target a range of emotional and wellbeing concerns.

We are able to offer support to young people who are struggling with the following issues:

  • Family difficulties – where these are having an adverse effect and the child or young person is showing signs of developing a mental health problem or disorder
  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties (Mild to moderate)
  • Behaviour problems once physical causes have been considered and the behaviour falls outside what might be considered to be within the range of normal behaviour
  • Conduct disorders
  • Anxiety, depression, stress and or other mood difficulties
  • Adjustment reactions (i.e. managing transition, change)
  • Simple phobias
  • Self-harm – where this is mild to moderate
  • Support with bereavement & loss/separation
  • Bullying where this is having a significant impact on emotional wellbeing (direct/indirect/cyber)
  • Anger management difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties

Referrals are accepted from professionals, parents or the young person themselves. If referring on behalf of a young person, you need their consent to do so.

To make a referral, complete the online referral on the Action for Children website

Bridging the Gap Project

The Federation has provided a young peoples support service in the High Peak/North Dales since September 2014.  It is funded by The Tudor Trust until August 2018.

The project was developed due to the growing demand from younger adults accessing our services, and the realisation that many had accessed services as children, but lost touch with mental health services during the transition to adulthood.

The current service operates from the Buxton office and provides free support services to young people aged between 15 and 25 years who are experiencing mental health difficulties. The project primarily offers One-to-One (face to face) support and Drop-ins.

The objective of our client-led service is to assist young people who want to make positive changes to their wellbeing, offering support with day to day issues, whilst providing the opportunity to develop skills to manage emotions. Working in collaboration with the young person, the support aims to enable an individual to empower themselves and maintain independence, whilst addressing the young person’s unmet needs and aspirations.


The service is accessible to any young person aged between 15-25, living in the High Peak or North Derbyshire Dales areas of Derbyshire. Referrals are accepted from professionals of both statutory and voluntary sector organisations.  Carer and self- referrals are also accepted.

The service:

A Young Person’s One-to-One or Drop-in session usually has a weekly allocated time of between 30 minutes and 1 hour. The duration of support is typically fixed at 6 sessions, followed by a review. Support duration may be amended based upon individual circumstances. Bridging the Gap is a flexible service – support can be accessed at the young person’s home or school, at the Federation’s office, or elsewhere in the community, e.g cafe or park.

A support action plan is agreed at the outset, and is reviewed during the 6th Support session to ensure the support remains relevant to the young person’s needs. This allows for the service to be extended, if necessary. Each visit is documented by the Youth Support Worker (YSW).

Towards the end of the service period, the Youth Support Worker begins to discuss withdrawal of the service and assists with seeking alternative avenues of support if required e.g. Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), groups, local activities, a referral into other services (statutory/voluntary), sources of Self-Help (e.g. websites, forums, online support networks).

For further information regarding the service please contact our Buxton office on 01298 212602 and ask to speak to the Youth Services Manager.