We are an emotional health and well-being service for young people aged 5-18 (or up to 25 if you're a care leaver) who are registered with a GP in Sandwell.
Our team of experienced well-being practitioners and volunteers will listen to whatever is troubling you.
how BEAM helps young people
How BEAM Sandwell helps
We help with anything relating to emotional well-being. In simple terms, this is your emotional health and happiness.
You are emotionally healthy if:
- you function in society - at school, college, uni, work, or with friends and family
- you are able to cope with life's challenges by drawing on your strengths
- you understand and manage your emotions
- you accept yourself and show acceptance of other people.
what beam can and can't do
Our aim is to help you boost your resilience as well as develop coping skills for when life presents challenges.
BEAM Sandwell can...
- recommend strategies and techniques that aim to make life easier – for example, how to manage a panic attack, or how to improve sleep
- give practical suggestions and advice – this might be suggesting you look at website or that you contact another service
- provide a listening ear if you have something you want to get off your chest
BEAM Sandwell won't...
- assess or diagnose any conditions
- automatically make referrals into other services
- necessarily have to tell anyone that you have spoken to BEAM
There may be times when we feel we need to speak to other people, services or agencies. We will try and speak to you about this before we do.
BEAM helped me grow and understand I’m not the only person who feels like this, there are others.
How is the service being ran?
We provide telephone and video sessions remotely.
Alternatively, we are now running face-to-face sessions at the following locations:
- Haden Cross Fire Station (Halesowen Rd, Cradley Heath B64 7JU) — Venue change from Tuesday 21st June 2022
Tuesdays, 2.00pm - 6pm (last young person seen at 5pm)
- Dorothy Parkes Centre (Church Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 6EH) — Venue change from 11th May 2022
Wednesdays, 12.00pm - 5.30pm
- Open Heaven Gospel Hall (Price Rd, Wednesbury, WS10 0EZ)
Thursdays, 2.30pm - 6pm
- If you turn up to one of our face-to-face locations without having registered with us and being allocated a session, you will need to register and wait and see if there is availability that day.
- There may sometimes be a wait time before your session, however we aim to keep to time as best we can, and so ask that you attend your sessions on time too! We are unable to allow waiting on site.
- Safety and quality of care is our priority. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, and that space is limited at our locations, we ask that only one child and one adult attend a session (where possible).
Need urgent support?
A mental health crisis is an emergency that has a direct and immediate threat to your physical or emotional well-being. In these situations, it's important to get help quickly.
Try to stay calm and ask someone for help if you need it. It could help to tell someone you trust, maybe a family member or a friend. They can be with you and help you decide what to do. They can also contact services on your behalf.
If there is any immediate risk to life, contact the emergency services by calling 999.
Crisis support services
Sandwell BEAM, funded by Sandwell and Birmingham West CCG and Sandwell Children's Trust, is a service delivered in partnership with Krunch, Kaleidoscope, Kooth and Black Country Health Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Follow BEAM Sandwell on Instagram for well-being posts and advice.