Project information

Tackling Depression in Young People

More and more young people are experiencing depression and the aim is to run short programmes that develop healthy thinking skills that will raise self-esteem, confidence, motivation, together with skills to help them fulfil their potential and deal with life's issues in a robust, constructive way.

September 2012 - July 2016

Charity information: Citee Ltd

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  • Need


    The high incidence of depression in young people has led to disengagement from educational and work opportunities, which will have long-term effects on their future and health. With depression in adults continually escalating. it would be strategic to help with positive mental health education earlier in life, so that young people can grow and develop into their future and make a positive contribution to society and live purposeful lives.


    Citee has delivered an effective programme for adults to tackle depression and now has a version of the programme suitable for 14 - 21 years. This programme "PX2" will be the basis of a short term intervention that will equip participants with constructive thinking skills based on positive psychology in 6 interactive sessions for groups of 10 - 15 participants. They will also achieve a QCF Level 2 qualification,as well as developing peer groups that will support and encourage each other.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Combating depression & anxiety in Young People to help fulfil their potential


    » PX2 Programme developing effective thinking skill, raising aspirations, self-esteem, confidence and combating self-sabotage of their hopes and dreams.

    Success will be seeing participants develop a "can do" mentality that helps to seize opportunities and deal with life's problems constructively and set positive goals.

  • Impact


    The long-term changes are in helping to develop healthy cultures that will cascade their new thinking habits to future generation's wellbeing and for individuals to be responsible and accountable in the development of a healthy society. Participants will evaluate the programmes immediate benefits and an on-line community will help to monitor participants successes and developments in the future.
    This is a strategic move to reduce the cost of depression on the NHS and the country.


    Non-participation of young people is a risk, but we have developed relationships with organisations working with young people who will encourage participation by their clients


    An annual report on the programme will be compiled with statistics from participant evaluations and individual case studies the will demonstrate the value and value for money of the programme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 PX2 Programmes Holding 50 PX2 Programmes for 500-600 young people
      £60,000 Accreditation QCF Award for 600 participants
      £25,000 Management Monitoring, training, supervision and admin
      £15,000 Overheads Premises, heating lighting, stationary
  • Background


    It will be located in Coventry and the programme can be run in a variety of venues to suit individuals or specific cohorts.


    Depressed young people in Coventry will be the primary beneficiaries, with the city benefiting by improved participation of young people in educational and vocational opportunities. Coventry has higher than average unemployment with a high proportion of young people falling into the NEETS category. Their are still many deprived communities in Coventry and this project will have a positive impact on the social and economic engagement of young people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Citee has 22 years experience in the field of People Development and have both a sound reputation and relationship with the local authority, mental health services and the voluntary sector. We are unique in the services we offer and have seen our programmes work where many other interventions haven't. We are committed to working with people to help them grow into a positive future and help to build positive communities that support and encourage one another.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Martin Prue

    He is an experienced manager and facilitator of Personal Development Programs with a passion for people development and tackling poverty & inequality.

    Ros Johnson

    An experienced & passionate facilitator of Personal Development Programs with much experience of working with young people in reaching their potential

I feel free, alive, strong and ready for life and to continue to be positive. STEPS has helped me to deal with whatever happens through being myself.

Course participant