About this service

Young Minds Matter (YMM) is a safe and confidential mental health support service developed for children and young people up to 18 years of age in schools across Gloucestershire.

The team can offer you support if you are struggling with things like anxiety, low mood and poor sleep or similar concerns. This can be either face-to-face in school or via a virtual online platform. To meet with someone from Young Minds Matter you can ask a teacher/member of staff in the school to make a referral for you. Alternatively, if you attend a secondary school and would prefer not to talk to someone at school you can refer yourself into the team using YMMChat.

Background to YMM, Gloucestershire

The service is growing and is currently working within 113 schools across the county.

The project started in December 2018 when Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group worked with Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (formerly 2Gether) and Gloucestershire County Council to engage with young people across the county to set up the Young Minds Matter programme. The aim of the programme is to help provide young people with early support to help them with mild to moderate mental health issues such as exam stress, friendship or behavioural issues.

More information about the origins of the project is available here>

Who can access YMM?

YMM is currently a pilot scheme and can only accept referrals for pupils from participating schools. Our list of trailblazer schools is listed below. If your school is not on this list, please contact TIC+ or seek support at onyourmindglos.nhs.uk

List of Trailblazer schools

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  • Abbeymead


    Aylburton C of E Primary School

    Barnwood Primary

    Beech Green Primary School

    Berry Hill Primary School

    Blakeney Primary School

    Bromesberrow St Mary’s C of E Primary School


    Cam Everlands

    Cam Woodfield


    Calton Primary School

    Carrant Brook Junior

    Cashes Green

    Catholic School of St Gregory the Great


    Coalway Junior School

    Coney Hill


    Drybrook Primary School

    Dunalley Primary School


    Elmbridge Primary School

    Field Court


    Forest View Primary School

    Gardners Lane Primary School (Federation w/ Oakwood)

    Glebe Infants (Newent Federation of Schools)

    Glenfall Community Primary School


    Harewood Junior School



    Hillview Primary School

    Hope Brook C of E Primary School

    Huntley C of E Primary School

    John Moore

    Kingsholm C of E Primary School

    Kingsway Primary

    Lakeside Primary School


    Longlevens Junior School

    Lydbrook Primary School

    Lydney C of E Community School


    Mitcheldean Endowed Primary School

    Mitton Manor

    Moat Primary Academy

    Oakwood Primary (Federation wi/ Gardners Lane)

    Parkend Primary School

    Picklenash Junior School (Newent Federation of Schools)

    Pillowell Primary School


    Primrose Hill C of E Primary Academy School

    Queen Margaret

    Robinswood Primary Academy

    Rowanfield Junior School

    Ruardean C of E Primary School

    Soudley Primary School

    Springbank Primary Academy

    St Briavels Parochial C of E Primary School (Wye Forest Federation)

    St James C of E Junior School

    St James’ Primary School

    St John’s C of E Academy

    St Marys C of E Primary School

    St Paul’s C of E Primary School

    St Thomas More Catholic Primary School

    St White’s Primary School

    Stroud Valley

    Tewkesbury C of E Primary

    The Grange

    The John Morre Primary

    Tredworth Junior School

    Walmore Hill Primary School


    Waterwells Primary Academy

    Widden Primary School


    Woodside Primary School

    Woolaston Primary School

    Yorkley Primary School

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  • All Saints Academy


    Barnwood Park Arts College

    Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre

    Chosen Hill School


    Cirencester Deer Park

    Cleeve Secondary School

    Dene Magna School

    Denmark Road

    Five Acres High School (formerly Lakers)

    GLOSCOL – NEW Forest of Dean College

    Gloucester Academy

    Henley Bank High School

    Holmleigh School (formerly Beaufort Co-operative Academy)


    Hillview Primary School

    Hope Brook C of E Primary School

    Huntley C of E Primary School


    Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre

    Pittville Secondary School


    Ribston Hall High School

    Severn Vale School

    Sir Thomas Rich’s School

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    St Peter’s Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre

    Tewkesbury Secondary School

    The Crypt

    The Dean Academy

    The Forest High School

    Thomas Keble

    Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre


    We have a friendly team of YMM professionals who are available to chat on text message during the school day (between 9am until 4:30pm) Monday to Friday (except bank holidays). The team will aim to respond either the same day or the next working day.

    Young people can contact us by text if they want to share something that is worrying them, to get some advice or to self-refer and get an appointment, without needing to ask a parent or a teacher if they would like to chat with one of the 1:1 practitioners to talk things through.

    Telephone: 07480 635723

    (Monday to Friday 9am – 4:30pm)

    Young Minds Matter offer a safe, confidential space to work on the difficulties you are experiencing in a structured and focused way, we use something called Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which helps us to think about how your thoughts (cognitions) impact on your actions (behaviours) and your feelings (emotions). You can speak to someone at school and ask to be referred or us our text service YMM Chat, to confidentially talk to one of our team and the options that are available for you.

    “You can text whenever you need to… everybody feels worried and everybody gets stressed and this will take the pressure off.”


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    Have you used our service? If you would like to share your experience or to help us to improve the mental health support we provide to children and young people in the county, then leave feedback here>

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    Professional referral

    If you are a professional working with a child or young person you can make a referral using our online referral form.

    Contact details


    01452 895272


    For professionals only