Mental Wealth Academy

Oxfordshire Youth is proud to be a partner of the Mental Wealth Academy, which allows us to expand our current offer of mental health support and training.

Mental Wealth Academy

The Mental Wealth Academy is a vital new partnership led by local housing charity Response offering a proactive and preventative programme of non-clinical mental health services for young people aged 18-25 across Oxfordshire*. The Mental Wealth Academy project offers a 1:1 intervention programme based on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and solution-focused therapies, which are delivered by a team of Transition Wellbeing Practitioners. Response has partnered up with Ark-T, Banbury Young Homelessness Project (BYHP) and SOFEA to run these sessions. Referrals can be made via the Response website.

Oxfordshire Youth’s contribution as part of the Mental Wealth Academy is the Mental Health Ambassador programme. We also offer mental health training for parents and carers.

Mental Health Ambassador Programme

The Mental Health Ambassador programme brings together a group of young people aged 18-25, who have been supported with their own mental health or who have supported others, and teaches them how to use their lived experience to help others. Over 10 months (July 2020 – March 2021), the young people will participate in training covering a wide range of topics: building resilience to social media, coping techniques, leadership skills, safeguarding, elements of mental health first aid, and workshop delivery. As a group, they will create and support the delivery of a session for 11-17 year-olds to help and inspire them to learn more about mental health and wellbeing.

Read a blog written by our Mental Health Ambassador Coordinator Rachel to find out more about the programme and Rachel’s own mental health journey.

We have put together some frequently asked questions about taking part in the programme.

Applications and queries about the Mental Health Ambassador programme can be sent to rachel.wood@oxfordshireyouth.org.

Mental Health Training for Parents & Carers

Our mental health training for parents and carers aims to aid understanding of relevant topics surrounding young people’s mental health today. The training also explores how parents/carers can talk to their young people about the struggles around ill mental health and where they can seek support.

* For the next six months, in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this service is being extended to 16 and 17-year-olds.