Children and Teens Mental Health Week.
This week marks the start of Children and Teens mental health week. The theme for Plcae2Bes week this year is "Express yourself"
It is fair to say that the pandemic is having a significant impact on our mental health, adults, adolescents and children alike.
Young Minds carried out a Covid-19 impact survey in the Autumn, this was their third survey looking at the mental health impact of the pandemic on young people. It is also fair to say that the pandemic has put additional strain on young people who were already struggling with poor mental health and has created new levels of anxiety and stress in young people without previous mental health challenges.
The key findings from the survey on 2011 young people who had returned to school in September included
69% of respondents described their mental health as poor now that they are back at school; this has risen from 58% who described their mental health as poor before returning to school.
40% of respondents said that there was no school counsellor available to support students in their school
Only 27% had had a one-to-one conversation with a teacher or another member of staff in which they were asked about their wellbeing, by the time they completed the survey.
Almost a quarter of respondents (23%) said that there was less mental health support in their school than before the pandemic, while only 9% agreed that there was more mental health support.
Schools, teachers, and parents are all facing these challenges, while managing their own families and the pressures of working from home, balancing family life and potentially trying to manage their own stress and anxiety.
Support and resources:
There are lots of resources available including virtual assembly's, an online conference, resources and a dress to express yourself event, plus a message from the charity's patron The Duchess of Cambridge.
For more information on the weeks activities please click here
" Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself"
Hypnotherapy can be extremely effective in Children and Young People. It can help to support with things such as:
Ego Strengthening and Self Esteem
Tics and habits
Obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions
Learning and exams
Enuresis and Encopresis
Children are generally very open to hypnotherapy, they have fewer limiting beliefs and misconceptions than adults. Children are particularly accustomed to using their imaginations, living in it daily at times, drifting off into a daydream. Children also have an amazing ability to visualise.
It is important to note that generally we only start hypnotherapy with children aged 6/7 and over. Children generally live in their subconscious minds until the age of 6/7 and at this point it is not suitable to work with hypnosis.
For a chat about working with your child or young person give me a call.