Research shows that around one in four people will experience a mental health difficulty at some point in their life. Over half of adult mental health problems start before the age of 14; 75% by the age of 18.
With added pressures at work, home and school, it’s not surprising there has been such a huge shift in the way that we not only approach mental health, but how we openly talk about it in society as well.
With such increasing numbers of people having issues, our latest guest editor is Vicky Ripley from Eastbourne Wellbeing, who offers a range of support, programmes and practical strategies to help your child or teenager to overcome common emotional & mental health difficulties.
“At Eastbourne Wellbeing, we believe that every child and young person has the right to feel happy and carefree; equally, we understand that sometimes this isn’t easy to achieve.
We know that parents and carers can struggle to know where to get help with their child or adolescent’s mental health difficulties, and other common issues which affect their emotional wellbeing.
With many years of experience working with children and young people, and their parents and carers in various therapeutic, educational, community and care settings, all of the therapists on the team offer a calm, friendly and non-judgemental approach. This enables us to work with children and teens to understand their personal obstacles.
We then work together to explore the steps they could take to overcome them, using a personalised wellbeing plan. We can also offer support for shorter periods to help them through a particular tough time, such as during exams.
With such busy lives, we must remember the art of listening. Taking time to hear your children can help to put a structure of support in place for positive change. Our top tips to help would include…
- Be open and curious about what their individual goals are
- Help them to plan how to get there
- Identify positive influences
- Discuss negative challenges they might experience
- Keep talking!
Our friendly and affordable service covers difficulties such as low mood and depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, phobias, separation anxiety, social anxiety, school avoidance, sleep difficulties, poor eating patterns, anger / impulse control, management of exam-related stress and anxiety, careers guidance, advice about applying to university (UCAS) and the personal statement writing process, and advice for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
We also offer equine facilitated learning / therapy sessions. Spending time outdoors and forming a connection with a large ‘flight’ animal has been shown to greatly benefit our physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
We understand that children and young people need flexibility and creativity within their treatment. Wellbeing sessions can take place in your home, in a local office, out and about in the local community, or in your child’s school or college by prior agreement.”
Thank you to Vicky Ripley from Eastbourne Wellbeing.
You can find out more at www.eastbournewellbeing.co.uk or call 07709 206382 to arrange an initial, free of charge, 20-minute consultation.
Please note that it is always recommended that you visit your GP initially, to discuss your concerns and to try to access help and advice through the NHS. For concerns about school-based difficulties, please speak to your child’s teacher or SENCo in the first instance, as they will be able to offer advice and guidance