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LinkLiving giving young people the tools to cope with stress

Published on 16/04/2013

Self help coach Rachel Riddle and Dr. Karen Graham Self help coach Rachel Riddle and Dr. Karen Graham

A supported self help service in St Andrews has been successfully helping young people cope with stress.

LinkLiving’s Supported Self Help Service has been working in partnership with Feddinch Medical Practice to deliver this service to young people (aged 16-25) who are experiencing problems in coping with stress.  LinkLiving is part of the Link group of registered social landlords, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

How does the service work?

Young people are referred by their GP, within Feddinch Practice, to the service and are offered up to three sessions - lasting from 45min to an hour - with the Supported Self Help Coach.  The Self Help Coach then works with the young person to explore and identify what factors may be causing the symptoms of stress, introduce resources (such as self help booklets, websites and CDs) and help to learn techniques that can help deal with these stresses.

Esther Howie, Practice Manager for Feddinch GP, said: “We would like to add our support and say that the feedback that we have had in the practice from the clients referred to Rachel Riddle, the Self Help Coach, has been wholly positive and all have commented on what a useful experience this has been. Through the Community Engagement Project, staff at Feddinch Medical Practice are hoping to make greater links with other agencies and services within the wider community.”

Funding for the service was obtained from the St Andrews Community Trust.  The service commenced in January 2013 and will continue until May 2013.

How do I find out more?

If you would like any information about the Self Help service please call 01592 644048 or send us an email via our contact page.