Children and Young People
More than ever, younger people are needing and looking for support. At a key stage of their lives, they are facing huge transitions which, for some, can cause anxiety and depression. Exams, leaving school, transition to college or university, finding a job whilst trying to navigate through friendships and relationships.
And on top of this, there is the pandemic. Whilst there maybe some optimism about the future, for some young people it just brings fear of the long term negative impact it will leave on their lives. Many young people will still be feeling effects of the isolation, a loss of motivation through lack of learning amongst peers and perhaps a fear of having to socialise again.
If you sense your child is experiencing difficulties it can be hard to know how to start talking to them about it. Whether a child is experiencing problems at home, such as a parent's divorce, family bereavement or separation anxiety, their anxiety often gets manifested in their behaviour. For example, through anger, becoming withdrawn, upset and through illness (often tummy related).
Whether a child is young enough to engage through play, or old enough to engage in talking therapy talking to someone outside of the family can help them make sense of what they are experiencing.