Stay Well

Children & Young People

Changes YP, Younger Mind and the Dove Service providing a range of services to keep you and your family well

To help CYP to stay well during these difficult times, Stay Well CYP services can still be accessed digitally, i.e. via on-line training programmes and one-to-one support, (video or phone)

We have also changed some of our programmes, i.e. so that they are shorter and include things to help children, young people and their families to stay well and cope with returning to school, (we’re also providing support for teachers)

As we come out of lockdown, and to provide you with choice, the next few weeks will see a gradual return of some face-to-face services 

(watch this space!) 

Stay Well recognises that everyone is different. We understand that young people have different mental health needs and, therefore, require different kinds of services…

Staying Well: we have services for those of you that are doing okay, but need some support to cope with changes or things happening on in your life, (we also offer training to parents and teachers so they have a better understanding of what you’re going through and how they might help).

Getting & Staying Well: if you are struggling and need help to get well,  we work with the CAMHS Team to decide who can best provide this help – i.e. Stay Well or CAMHS services.

Stay Well’s on-line services include:

Weekly Peer-support Groups (PSGs):

Where CYP aged between 8 and 18 – can connect with others who are ‘in the same boat’ – share self-help tips, offering each other support, and learn to apply Changes 12 steps to manage mental distress. 

Different on-line PSGs are provided for different age-groups – run by qualified staff, and continuing to provide safe, friendly and structured meetings – that you can join in with whenever you need

CYP PSG’s (choose the right meeting for your age-group)

3.00 to 4.00pm (8 to 11’s)

5.00 to 6.00pm (14 to 18’s)

4.30 to 5.30pm (11 to 15’s)
6.00 to 7.00pm (16+)

4.45 to 5.45pm (13 to 17’s)
7.00 to 8.00pm (13 to 17’s)

4.30 to 5.30pm (8 to 11’s)

Psycho-educational Programmes:

A series of bite-sized training programmes, designed to promote more helpful thinking, healthier behaviour and to increase your coping skills – helping you to get and stay well.

With different training for different age-groups, (aged between 8 and 18) and lasting for approximately an hour – topics covered include:

  • Anger Management
  • Managing Worry
  • Understanding Sadness
  • Helpful vs Unhelpful Thinking
  • Positive Self-image

Contact us to arrange provision of our psycho-educational ‘Wellbeing Lessons’ as part of your school’s current digital curriculum

Support for 5 to 7 year olds:

Stay Well’s new digital offer will include staff providing regular 1-2-1 support to the parents of 5 to 7 year olds, i.e. via telephone or video link, (with the option of staff overseeing a play-centred learning session with their child, via a Changes YP ‘play pack’)


Teacher and Parent Training and Support:

Teachers, volunteers and parents will continue to be provided with access to a range of on-line training programmes relevant to raising their awareness of CYP mental health needs and how best to meet these needs, (we will also be working with teachers and parents to develop new programmes to help them to assist CYP within the current circumstances). For details of available on-line training courses, please see orange text below.

As keyworkers, Teachers will also be able to access necessary 1-2-1 support to help them stay well at this difficult and stressful time, (Parents will be able to continue to get support via Younger Mind’s Parent-line – see yellow box below).


One-to-one Therapy:

Younger Mind will continue to provide various types of one-to-one therapy via telephone and on-line chat, (i.e. with a skilled and experienced counsellor, i.e. someone trained to listen and help you to explore and understand your issues, introduce techniques/provide information to help you to build on your strengths and to make any small changes, and to set personal goals.

Dove will continue to offer 1-2-1 services via the telephone -for children and young people who are experiencing issues relating to bereavement, loss or life-changing illness. Delivered by experienced and specially trained counsellors, led by the child or young person, sessions allow them to identify the major themes that they want to work on, as well as looking at where they want to be.  Whilst these individuals will have been identified as having experienced grief, sessions will work with grief as part of wider issues impacting on their overall mental health and wellbeing.

Our Weekly Workshops:

If you are based in Stoke on Trent and would like to get involved, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Mondays 4.00pm-5.00pm (11 to 17’s)
Thursday 5.00pm – 6.00pm (11 to 18’s)

Mondays 5.00pm – 6.00pm (11 to 17’s)
Thursday 4.00pm – 5.00pm (8 to 11’s)

Tuesday 4.00pm – 5.00pm (8 to 11’s)
Friday 4.00pm – 5.00pm (11 to 18’s)

Unhelpful Thinking
Tuesday 5.00pm – 6.00pm (11 to 17’s)
Thursday 4.00pm – 5.00pm (8 to 11’s)

Wednesday 4.00pm – 5.00pm (11 to 17’s)
Friday 4.00pm – 5.00pm (8 to 11’s)

For more info, please contact

On-line Training Sessions for professionals, volunteers and parents working/living in with Children & Young People in Stoke on Trent.

Sept to Dec 2020 training dates.

Please note: The following months dates will be posted around the 15th of the remaining current month below.

Training is delivered by an experienced Mental Health Trainer & Wellness Coach. You will gain an online certificate on completion of each course.

For training enquiries or to book your place, please contact

Digitial Training Sessions for Professionals and Volunteers

Stay Well Digital Training Sessions (provided via Zoom) – FREE for professionals and volunteers working with children & young people within Stoke on Trent.

It is advised (but not compulsory) to complete the introductory course; “Understanding the Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health of Children and Young People” before accessing the specialist training sessions.

Understanding the Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health of Children and Young People

Thursday 10th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday 6th
10.00am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 18th
10.00am – 12.00pm
Tuesday 15th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Wellbeing After Lockdown
– Building Resilience

Tuesday 15th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Wednesday 14th
10.00am – 12.00pm
Tuesday 3rd

10.00am – 12.00pm

Suicide Awareness 

Thursday 24th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Wednesday 9th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Dealing with Difficult Emotions (Anger)

Wednesday 23rd
10.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday 27th
10.00am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 16th

10.00am – 12.00pm

Understanding & Managing Self-harm

Tuesday 22nd
10.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday 20th
10.00am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 25th

10.00am – 12.00pm

Sleep Hygiene for Children & Young People

Wednesday 28th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Cyber Bullying/Social Media Awareness

Tuesday 29th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Thursday 26th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Loss & Bereavement
(Delivered by The Dove Service)

Wednesday 16th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Wednesday 21st
10.00am – 12.00pm

Raising Self-concept in Children & Young People

Wednesday 30th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday 10th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Mental Health Awareness Digitial Workshops for Parents

Stay Well in partnership with Stoke on Trent City Council and the CCG are expanding their services to support parents of children & young people in Stoke on Trent through a series of specialist digital workshops.

The workshops are a safe space to discuss your worries and concerns with a Stay Well Wellness Coach and with other parents. Each topic covers a variety of information, tips, tools and tasks you can use at home to help your child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Wellbeing after Lockdown (Building Resilience) 

  • The pressures faced by CYP in isolation
  • Thoughts, feelings, behaviours cycle
  • Dealing with change and the unknown
  • Facing fears 
  • Sleep Hygiene 

Tuesday 13th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Dealing with Difficult Emotions (Anger)

  • The difference between anger and aggression
  • Triggers and consequences
  • Changing anger and aggressive behaviours
  • Managing Anger

Tuesday 17th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Raising Self Esteem & Self Concept 

  • The importance of Self-Esteem in CYP
  • The factors that contribute to the development of self esteem
  • Indicators of low self esteem
  • Promoting healthy self-concept in CYP

Tuesday 8th
10.00am – 12.00pm

Where necessary, part of the new digital offer will include staff offering

additional 1-2-1 support, i.e. via video link, telephone, email or text.

How to access the Stay Well CYP Service:

To access any of Stay Well CYP’s digital services listed above – please contact 07983 437764 or and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your/your child’s needs

Social Activities  

Join in with our on-line social activities…

Quiz Night every other Wed @ 5.30pm

Fun art session with Blythe!
For ages 11-18 living in Stoke on Trent.
To join our session, email:

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Every other Wednesday

If you would like to join us please email us on

NB new service users – please ask the PSG Coordinator to forward you a copy of Changes 12 Step booklet and Wellness Action Plan (WAP)

As a partner, Younger Mind also provides Speak up Space offering  access to the following services for children & young people, parents, carers & professionals  

Instant Messaging: 

Log-in for a live chat via an instant messaging service.  

Where you can talk about anything and we can listen, try to help you understand how you feel, find coping strategies and offer support

Telephone Support:

If you are a parent who needs a space to talk or to get some advice on how to help a young person, you can book a chat with one of the SuS team – call 01782 262100 and select option 2, leave your contact details and availability, and a member of the team will call you back to arrange an appointment 

Info and Advice:

SuS have put together a wide range of on-line resources – e-leaflets, videos, websites, apps, podcasts, self-help guides etc – that you can use to help you to get and stay well.  They’ve also added some guidance for parents

Monitoring Forms: How you can help us…

When you access one of Changes services – it really helps us if you can provide us with some basic info about yourself and how our services have helped you.

When you access the service, a member of Changes staff will send you an email containing links to an on-line ‘Enrolment Form’ and some basic monitoring forms to complete*.

*To see what difference our service has made, we’ll ask you to complete these at the beginning, during and end of your time with us.

This helps us to make sure that we’re offering you the right kind of service and to make the Commissioners* aware of the impact of Changes services. 

*NHS and Local Authority bodies who fund our services

Please click here to download a copy of Changes Data Protection Policy

On-line training programmes and 1-2-1 sessions, utilise ‘Zoom’ software, which can be downloaded free of charge onto your smartphone, tablet or computer.

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> Register with Zoom to access our groups/sessions <

> Click here to view video on how to join a Zoom meeting <

Zoom provides a safe and secure system – Zoom Security

Please click here to find out what you can do to keep the meetings/sessions private and confidential.