It’s Children’s Mental Health Week with this years theme is ‘building resilience’ and teaching children to ‘bounce forward’ from life’s challenges.
Following a survey of almost 1,500 primary headteachers, conducted by children’s charity Place2Be and the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) revealed only a third of primary schools have an on-site counsellor, despite one in five children experiencing mental health problems before they reach 11.
At North East Counselling Services we believe that this support should be available to “all children” as we know from our own work that helping children and young people and an early age can prevent future mental health issues escalating in later life.
North East Counselling Services has also recently launched a new Big Lottery Funded project in January 2016 with the aim to build resilience in Gateshead families who are adversely affected by a range of deprivation related factors including unemployment, poverty, substance misuse and domestic violence. We will work in a number of schools in Gateshead and with partner agencies to support both children, young people and their families.
We can report that 95% of the young people (aged 16-25) referred to us cite family relationships as an underlying cause of their homelessness; a number of them are also young parents. A few are offered some family mediation but many are isolated at a time in their developmental lives when they need positive role models and support.
Since its inception in 2006 NECS have managed 35 major projects including:
• Healthy Children and Young Carers (2011-13) (Big Lottery funded)
• Gateshead PCT/CCG
• South Tyneside PCT/CCG
• Job CentrePlus
• Ex service personnel
• Winning Teams
• Phoenix Futures
• Peer/Mentors (Awards for All funded)
We would like to thank the Big Lottery for supporting us in helping children and their families in Gateshead and we are hoping to launch our new specialist children and young people service withing the next 3 months.
We will keep you posted.