Young Minds Matter (YMM)


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.


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

List of Trailblazer schools

Primary schools
  • Abbeymead
  • Avening
  • 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
  • Bussage
  • Cam Everlands
  • Cam Woodfield
  • Callowell
  • Calton Primary School
  • Carrant Brook Junior
  • Cashes Green
  • Catholic School of St Gregory the Great
  • Cirencester
  • Coalway Junior School
  • Coney Hill
  • Dinglewell
  • Drybrook Primary School
  • Dunalley Primary School
  • Dursley
  • Elmbridge Primary School
  • Field Court
  • Finlay
  • Forest View Primary School
  • Gardners Lane Primary School (Federation w/ Oakwood)
  • Glebe Infants (Newent Federation of Schools)
  • Glenfall Community Primary School
  • Grange
  • Harewood Junior School
  • Heron
  • Hempstead
  • 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
  • Linden
  • Longlevens Junior School
  • Lydbrook  Primary School
  • Lydney C of E Community School
  • Meadowside
  • 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
  • Powells
  • 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
  • Watermoor
  • Waterwells Primary Academy
  • Widden Primary School
  • Willow
  • Woodside Primary School
  • Woolaston Primary School
  • Yorkley Primary School
Secondary schools





  • All Saints Academy
  • Archway
  • 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)
  • Maidenhil
  • Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre
  • Pittville Secondary School
  • Rednock
  • Ribston Hall High School
  • Severn Vale School
  • Sir Thomas Rich’s School
  • Sir William Romney
  • 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

YMMChat and self-referral

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.

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.”


Get involved!

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>


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>

Contact Us

Make a referral



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Phone: 01452 895272


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

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