Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth Form College are joining forces with Chilypep to make a brighter future for our community by donating the colour from the front of their new course guides to raise awareness of both mental health and mindfulness.

Chilypep are delighted to know that Barnsley College have kindly donated their colour from the front of the new course guides to Chilypep to not only encourage others to donate their cheerful colour, but to raise awareness of both mindfulness and mental health.

Emma Manser, Participation Project Worker at Chilypep, said: “At Chilypep we put the children and young people we work for at the heart of everything we do. We have had the privilege to work with staff and students from Barnsley College over the last five years thanks to our funding from Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group.

“In this time, we have established a Peer Mentoring Programme, ran hundreds of Wellbeing Sessions and Workshops for students and worked with Barnsley Sixth Form College to open GAINSpace, a specific wellbeing room. Staff members have also had the opportunity to take part in mental health first aid training with us, so they are better able to support the needs of students.

“Through our OASIS group, young people from Barnsley have had their voices heard around changes they want to see made in relation to mental health awareness and support services for young people in the town. Chilypep is currently working on opening a Wellbeing Hub in Barnsley town centre which will provide a safe space for young people to drop in and access support and youth led sessions. We believe mental health is something that should be talked about and that all young people should have access to the right support for their mental health whenever they need it.”

Yiannis Koursis, Principal and Chief Executive at Barnsley College, added: “We believe that good health and wellbeing is essential for anyone to achieve their goals. We have a dedicated and award-winning team of people who make sure that students are supported to lead healthy and happy lives.

“Our aim is to make a brighter future for our community. We have taken a small step by donating the colour from the front cover of our course guides to raise awareness of both mental health and mindfulness. Making you happy and inspiring you to be the best you can be is our top priority.”

To encourage mindfulness, we’re running a competition where you can be in with the chance of winning some mindfulness goodies! All you have to do is colour in our course guide covers using pens, pencils or paint. Take a picture and upload to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram or send it to The deadline for entries is Friday 9 April 2021.

The Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth Form College course guides are out now, featuring a wide range of courses available for those ready to take their next step. Download a copy of the course guides at

To find out more about studying at Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth Form College attend their virtual open event on Tuesday 10 November, between 5.00pm and 7.00pm, by visiting

Follow the link below to read more from Barnsley College:

World Mental Health Day 2020

This year we focused on campaigning online with young people, spreading awareness and positive tools to support emotional wellbeing and mental health and encouraging a mental health friendly and inclusive workplace.

Worked with Young People

Worked as a Chilypep Team

Worked with other services

Art By Frankie and Angel – OASIS

For World Mental Health Day 2020 Chilypep worked alongside young people, the Chilypep staff team and other services to come TOGETHER to share our supports for #WMHD2020

The Young People we work with…

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Art By Robyn – STAMP

The inspirational Young people we work with from STAMP and OASIS have been getting creative to campaign for

‘Mental Health for All’

We are all in this TOGETHER and TOGETHER we can bring about mental health for all.


Watch our Young People’s film:

Young People from STAMP and OASIS campaign together for ‘Mental Health for All’
Art By Georgie Lee – OASIS

Chilypep Team

Some of our staff from Chilypep took part in Mental Health First Aid England’s #MyWholeSelf campaign. We put all of our images TOGETHER to create a short film and encourage others to bring their whole self to work.

My Whole Self is calling on organisations to empower people to bring their ‘whole self’ to work because it’s better for mental wellbeing.

Find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved at

Watch our Chilypep staff’s #MyWholeSelf film:

Working with other services…

Chilypep worked with the Barnsley 0-19 Public Health Nursing team and Barnsley CAMHS to share what they would add to the Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit to support positive emotional wellbeing and mental health.

TOGETHER we produced a short film that also encourages others to share their top tips with us!

Watch our working together film:

Working Together – What would you add to your own MHFAK?

Other useful resources:

Barnsley 0-19 Public Health Nurses

Find out more about who they are and what they do by watching their short film below:

Watch the Barnsley CAMHS video:

Our digital Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit was last updated in May 2020! You can download the Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit here:

Download the Sleep Toolkit here:

Young People’s Mental Health Passport

The ‘My Mental Health Passport’ website is a free space where young people can describe their experiences, preferences, emotions and feelings in a confidential environment. It’s been designed by young people for young people, so they can have more control over their information and their own stories. They’ve also added an emoji journal so young people can keep a track on mood or experiences between appointments to give a truer reflection of how they have been over the course of a week or a month.

When, where and how young people share their personal information in the passport is up to them- but it will hopefully help them manage difficult conversations with professionals.

The website also includes a ‘Help and Advice’ section, with a list of other websites that can offer help and advice, even if your not logged in.

You can visit the website at

Become a Barnsley Young Commissioner!

Chilypep have an exciting opportunity for young people that live in Barnsley!
We want to work with young people to help shape local mental health support and services in Barnsley! 

If you’re a young person that would like to be involved, we’d like you to contact Chilypep staff – Chantelle or Charly via e-mail/call/text!

We can send you an expression of interest form and arrange to talk to you about the opportunity.

The training may involve a mix of online and face to face sessions, however we aim to facilitate the training face to face in a Covid secure way from a central Barnsley venue.

All young people’s travel expenses will be reimbursed. 

Do you work with young people in Barsnley? We’d like to attend any young people’s sessions that services/organisations may be hosting online to promote and talk about the opportunity! Get in touch and let us know if we can attend and answer any questions you may have! or

Or fill out our expression of interest form by scanning the QR code here and we will be in touch soon!