CategoryMental Health

Raising Teens returns this Autumn

Raising Teens is back for a second series in Autumn 2019 with a further eight one hour shows covering the issues that are concerning parents today. Guy Lloyd will be back with us as host, and Lola, our roving teen reporter will be joined by new recruit Kya McCartney, 18. We’ll be covering everything from alcohol and anger to self-harm and loneliness. Plus we’ll be re-visiting the...

‘Raising Teens’ highlights the positive

Once again mental health is on the front pages of the papers and it reminded me that our recently concluded radio series, Raising Teens, on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey has highlighted the positive. In episode after episode, the teenagers we spoke to showed themselves to be eloquent and possessing the language and knowledge to speak up about mental health. As one listener said of the teens featured...

Mental Health Awareness Week. What a week!

Mental Health Awareness week was celebrated across the UK – hurray. We witnessed some pretty spectacular things, not least the axing of The Jeremy Kyle show. Our management team all worked in TV prior to setting up Make (Good) Trouble and we wonder if this is the start of a media revolution, to create content with GOOD intention instead of this bear-baiting, revolting chase for ratings. Axe...

Online Harms White Paper – Our View

The new government White Paper on online harmswas published yesterday and aims to help protect young and vulnerable people from content that could cause harm online.  “The White Paper proposes establishing in law a new duty of care towards users, which will be overseen by an independent regulator. Companies will be held to account for tackling a comprehensive set of online harms...

Catch up: Our BBC Sussex ‘parenting teens’ feature

Parents Harry and Daisy discuss what it’s like to parent teens on BBC Sussex radio Listen to Make (Good) Trouble’s feature on BBC Sussex with Kathy Caton: Make (Good) Trouble was invited to be part of The Big Takeover with Kathy Caton last Monday for a special feature on BBC Sussex radio. We brought along parents Daisy, Harry and Jane, as well as Rosie Scott from Hove Park school...

It’s our last crowdfunding day and we need you!

Our Brighton5 Crowdfunder ends at 2 minutes to midnight tonight (Sunday 18th November) and it’s all-or-nothing. So this is a last call to arms! A plea to help us get the message out there and find our final backers to get us over the line and hit our target. If you could spend just 10 minutes today, calling, texting and WhatsApping your friends, you could post a link to the Brighton5...

My daughter the self-harmer: “She is addicted to social media”

It is estimated that more than one in five girls self-harm in the UK. One parent details the journey from the realisation that her teen was self-harming, through the maze of bureaucracy to try and get help.  Links to organisations that can offer help and support are listed at the bottom of this post. Chapter five: “She is addicted to social media” Can I say what caused my daughter’s self-harming...

My daughter the self-harmer: “I’ve stopped having any life of my own”

It is estimated that more than one in five girls self-harm in the UK. One parent details the journey from the realisation that her teen was self-harming, through the maze of bureaucracy to try and get help.  Links to organisations that can offer help and support are listed at the bottom of this post. Chapter four: “I stopped having any life of my own” My daughter has been self-harming for a while...

My daughter the self-harmer: The CAMHS appointment

It is estimated that more than one in five girls self-harm in the UK. One parent details the journey from the realisation that her teen was self-harming, through the maze of bureaucracy to try and get help. Links to organisations that can offer help and support are listed at the bottom of this post. Chapter three: The CAMHS appointment We were told there could be a really long wait for the CAMHS...

Happy Halloween!

To celebrate Halloween, we gave our teens makeup and cameras. Did you know that over half of adolescents struggle with low self-esteem and negative body image? Brighton5 is working to change that. We hope you enjoy our film that celebrates positive body image. Happy Halloween!

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