A two-year programme aimed at tackling depression, anxiety and substance abuse among Luton’s young homeless has been judged a suceess.
Mental health service Open Minds was given a grant by The Big Lottery Fund to provide cognitive behavioural therapy to support vulnerable youngsters. This helped them develop more positive ways of coping with life’s stresses.
Many of those who took part were able to complete education and training projects and went on to paid or voluntary employment.
Four organisations were involved in the scheme – the University of Bedfordshire, Luton Community Housing, Mary Seacole Housing Association and Signposts Luton.
Mary Seacole spokeman Matthew Bushnell said: “Open Minds ensured our young people had the opportunity to join a programme that’s not only in keeping with our ethos but also inspired them to achieve their goals and aspirations.” The quartet are in the process of re-applying for Big Lottery funding to enable them to continue providing this much-needed service.