tidyMinds – new site for young people in Swansea Bay launches A new website, TidyMinds, has launched today to help young people in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot understand the way they're feeling and find the right advice and support. tidyMinds is a Swansea Bay based website for young people, their families and the professionals who support them, exploring mental health and wellbeing issues, and offering information about where support is available. It focuses primarily on young people aged between 12 – 19, but also hosts some information for young people under 12 and up to 25 years of age. tidyMinds provides a ‘one stop shop’ to access self-help tools and information that young people, their parents and carers can use to support emotional health and wellbeing. Created through a strong partnership of statutory and third sector partners, the resources can also be accessed by professionals working across partner agencies. We hope that it will increase understanding of the services that exist to support young people with their mental health and wellbeing. Amanda Carr, SCVS Director Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUHB) facilitates the SBUHB Children and Young People Emotional & Mental Health Planning Group. This cross-sector partnership brings together professionals, including parent carers, across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. One of the key challenges identified by partners is that the information available to children, young people, and their families on existing services is poor; and that professionals experience barriers in navigating themselves around a complex system with multiple commissioners of services. The planning group agreed to develop and launch a website for children & young people that will: Provide a platform for children, young people, their families and the professionals that support them that is secure and reliable, and which provides consistent and up-to date information; Includes high-level advice for children & young people to identify the support they require in relation to their mental health and emotional wellbeing including anxiety, low mood, anger, low self-esteem. Support the implementation of the Emotional Health & Wellbeing Service Consolidate all existing physical and virtual directories currently available within the region and allow for a more comprehensive mapping of services The Delivery Plan created and agreed by the partnership prioritised the development of services to support children & young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. Using funding from the Welsh Government's Mental Health Innovation and Transformation Fund, the partners have developed a service model for an Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service which will be embedded into primary schools across Swansea Bay. This project is most welcome, particularly at a time when children and young people have so many challenges to face. We understand, as a Health Board, that whilst there are services that can provide support, it isn’t always an easy task to find them. We hope that tidyMinds will prove to be an invaluable first port of call to those seeking support. Emma Woollett, Chair of Swansea Bay University Health Board Visit: tidyMinds.org.uk to find out more Please note: tidyMinds is not designed to diagnose emotional problems or mental health conditions and we cannot respond to enquiries from individuals relating to their health. To speak to someone urgently, please call ChildLine free on 0800 11 111. The Project Partners are: Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUHB) Swansea Council Neath Port Talbot Council Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service (NPTCVS) Swansea Parent Carer Forum tidyMinds is part of the SBUHB Children & Young People’s Emotional & Mental Health Delivery Plan - a plan for Swansea Bay looking at how people will work together to improve children and young people's emotional and mental health.