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LINK Service - Emotional Health and Wellbeing for Young People

A new service has been launched in North and West Cumbria to help children and young people struggling with their emotional health.  

The LINK service, a joint initiative between Barnardo’s and several local Primary Care Networks, is available to those aged between 5 and 19 years of age, offering social prescribing - a non-medical solution that provides a holistic approach to health and wellbeing and managing some of the issues young people face today.

Children and young people who may be struggling with issues such as anxiety, low mood, loneliness or stress from relationship difficulties with family and friends, can be referred into the LINK service by GPs and health professionals, schools and other supporting organisations.

LINK workers from Barnardo’s meet with each young person and work with them and their support network over a period of time, personalising the approach to the needs of each individual.

The specialist LINK workers provide practical and emotional support, helping to build confidence and identify strengths, worries and things within young people’s lives that they are struggling with. They provide them with strategies and tools to deal with these issues and work towards achieving goals, as well as connecting young people to wellbeing-boosting services within their local communities and other additional support as required.

The service has been co-designed with local children of primary and secondary school ages, who were involved with recruitment, branding and advising on service aims and delivery.

The LINK service is currently available to young people living in North and West Cumbria, within the Penrith and Eden, Keswick and Solway, Longtown and Brampton areas. Initially the service will work predominantly with children and young people who have been identified by GP’s and school pastoral leads in requiring support to help manage their emotional health and wellbeing.

For further details about the LINK service or to make a request for support, please email

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Last updated: 28/02/2022
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