No Limits provide advice and support to young people in Emergency Department

27th February 2020

No Limits has launched a pilot project with the University Hospital in Southampton, to provide support to vulnerable children and young people who present at the Emergency Department in crisis.

The project will provide crucial support to young people visiting the Emergency Department who have been affected by violent crime, as well as young people who are experiencing issues related to mental health such as self-harm, suicide attempts or eating disorders. Recent Public Health England findings highlighted an increase in emergency admissions for self-harm in Southampton in 2018-19.

A trained Youth Worker from No Limits will be on-hand to listen to young people, provide emotional health and well-being support and give them advice, as well as signposting and referring to No Limits and other support services.

Alice Mooney, Service Manager at No Limits, said “We’re really pleased to be extending the support we can give young people in this way. Often these young people are at their most vulnerable and in need, and therefore willing to seek help. Our role in the Emergency Department will be to support them to manage their emotions, offer coping strategies and signpost and refer to support services. In our first week of the project, youth workers have been able to provide meaningful support to several very vulnerable young people and their families.”

No Limits Youth Workers will be on-hand to speak to children and young people at peak times throughout the week. If you would like to find out more, contact 02380 224 224 or email [email protected].

The pilot project has been funded by the Southampton City Council’s Violence Reduction Unit and Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group.

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