Young people aged 16-30 in Liverpool’s L8 area can now access free counselling thanks to a partnership between organisations The Mind Map and The Florrie.

The Mind Map’s founder Phil Bridges says: “The pandemic is putting a huge strain on young people’s mental health. According to a princess trust report, half of 16 to 25-year-olds said their mental health has worsened since the start of the pandemic.

“Young people are understandably anxious at the moment and need increased mental health support. They’re dealing with disrupted education, a depleted jobs market and distance from their friends.

“With 75% of adults with a diagnosable mental health condition experiencing their first symptoms before they’re 24, early intervention is vital.”

The Florrie’s Chief Executive Anne Lundon says, “Young people from low-income families are four times more likely to struggle with their mental health, which is an alarming statistic.

“Working with The Mind Map to provide our young people with free counselling, should they require it, is a key part of our health and wellbeing strategy.

“The partnership complements the work we’re currently doing to support young people through our Youth Hub, which is a creative and educational space offering a range of activities, opportunities and support including work experience volunteering, homework groups, music and sports.”

The partnership is the result of funding support from the National Lottery.

The Mind Map is a Liverpool based mental health organisation, navigating people to better mental health through counselling, training, awareness raising and signposting. Belying the small size of their organisation, they train some of the biggest companies in the world in Mental Health First Aid, including Netflix and Ebay.

The Florrie The Florrie is a charity at the heart of Liverpool 8. Our stunning, Grade II listed, Victorian community heritage venue is a social & educational hub for the people of south Liverpool.