The Well-being Programme for 16 – 24 year olds delivers 8 weeks of weekly mentoring and coaching sessions. The sessions are tailored towards students in a secondary setting and result in:
The proportion of young people
reporting symptoms of anxiety or
depression increased from 18% in
the period 2009 to 2010 to 21% in
2013 to 2014; young women were
more likely than young men to
report symptoms of anxiety or depression.
A safe, relaxed space is created with a focus on new ideas, new ways of communicating with yourself and understanding yourself better, deep discussion, group counselling, Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques, coaching techniques, stress management, emotional intelligence, mental health understanding exercises, relaxation and meditation and self-governance of the group. Young people are given real tools to help build inner resilience and well-being, and are inspired to a more empowering way of thinking and acting which increases their self-belief. These tools can be used for life and the young people are encouraged to use them wherever possible.
I model the very tools the young people are learning and is able to share big events from my childhood such as divorce, bereavement, lack of self-confidence and self-belief, sibling rivalry, being bullied, bullying others, exam pressure, university pressure, unemployment pressure, moving out of home and relationship issues in an honest language which the young people can relate to and with an awareness of how these impact emotional health, thoughts and behaviour. I’m able to describe how I turned around my thinking and feelings regarding many of those events, using the tools I am teaching.
Self-harm among 16- to 24-year-olds
doubled in men to 7.9% and trebled in
women to 19.7% between 2007 and 2014.
(NHS Digital, 2016)
I have experience working with vulnerable young people with medical issues, who are witnessing violence in the home, who have experienced abuse, who have experienced neglect, who are dealing with bereavement, who are experiencing divorce, who are being bullied, who are cared for and those who have mental health issues. Trained as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, I am equipped with knowledge regarding mental health issues that young people experience and is aware of signs to look out for.
13.3% of 16 – 19 year olds and 15.8% of
20 – 24 year olds have suffered from anxiety.
The results of the Well-being Programme are that the young person’s inner reserves of self-confidence, self-belief and self-awareness are increased. This increased confidence and self-belief ripples through the young person’s life.