New mental health group launched for Calderdale's young people

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Youngsters struggling with their mental health can now attend a new support group in Halifax.

Unmasked Mental Health is launching the group - Unmasked Youth Hub - aimed at 11 to 16 year olds on Monday (July 11).

Logan Smith, from Unmasked Mental Health, said: "The group is something that we wanted to start from the very early beginnings of Unmasked Mental Health, three years ago, but there's always been something in the way.

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"We get so many opportunities as an adult to gain support, whether that's through counselling or peer support groups, and I've noticed from several years working in high schools that you don't get those same opportunities as a young person."

Logan Smith from Unmasked Mental HealthLogan Smith from Unmasked Mental Health
Logan Smith from Unmasked Mental Health

He said many young people are facing long waits for professional help, and he hopes this group might help alleviate the situation.

The aim, he added, is to provide a safe space to open up and talk about feelings in a fun way that involves games, arts and crafts.

The sessions will take place on Mondays, with the first being held on July 11, between 6.30pm and 8pm at the Unmasked Mental Health office at 4 Albion Street in Halifax town centre.