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Children's Mental Health Week

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4-10 February is Children’s Mental Health Week, shining a light on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Launched in 2015 by Place2Be the annual campaign encourages people to get involved with supporting youngsters’ mental health and wellbeing.

Through many of our services and community projects, Father Hudson’s supports children and young people who are experiencing difficulties. In particular, the Family Support in Schools Service helps children and young people to improve their mental health.

Working in schools across Staffordshire, Birmingham and Banbury, Family Support Workers help children and young people who are experiencing adversity, particularly where it is impacting their health and wellbeing. Some of the common issues workers assist with include anxiety, low self-esteem and mental health issues. These can be caused by bullying, housing issues, parental ill health, financial hardship, domestic abuse, or a host of other difficulties.

By working with the whole family, Support Workers help children and young people to improve their confidence, care for their mental wellbeing and build personal resilience.

This is Sian’s story:

Sian was living with her Grandmother due to her parents’ drug use. She was referred to Kerry, the Family Support Worker at her school.

With Kerry’s help, Sian learned to understand her feelings, deal with her emotions, make herself heard and express her wishes. Kerry set up joint sessions with Sian’s brother to build their relationship with each other and with their mother through supervised contact.

The Super Skills for Life programme run by Father Hudson’s helped Sian build self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and learn how to cope with life changes and stressful situations. Sian’s mother is no longer using substances and has gained employment.  Sian hopes to move back in with her. Her father’s mental health is improving and supervised contact with him is being arranged. She is now more confident and able to build good relationships.

After four years of support, Sian is now settled at home and school. She knows how to access support if she needs it, and she now has all the strategies and knowledge needed for a brighter future.

Names have been changed to protect identities.

As well as the Super Skills for Life programme, Family Support Workers work with children and young people individually and through group work to help them understand their feelings, manage anxiety, control anger, and build resilience. Support Workers enable children and young people to develop skills to improve and look after their mental health that they can carry with them throughout their life.

In 2017 - 2018, the Family Support Service helped:

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The Family Support team is dedicated to supporting children and young people through challenging times, helping them improve their mental wellbeing and supporting families to make lasting changes.

To find out more about the work of the Family Support Service, visit the Family Support page on this website.

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