This morning Daisy caught up with educational consultant Kit Messenger to discuss anxiety in teens and coping strategies for teens and parents. They covered how to talk to your young person, about how to have a more positive relationship as well as helping children with ADHD find ways to manage at school.
They discuss the fact that parents don’t get training for the job, and offered practical tips to help us communicate more positively and enable us to be a better supporter to our children.
Today we spoke with PC Joe Davis from Sussex Police about how to keep our teens safe, whether there’s been a rise in incidents involving young people since lockdown and back to school concerns.
Joe spoke about trust, and said that “young people will appreciate being trusted a little bit. We need to trust them to socially distance and follow the guidelines… it’s up to them to consider their role in keeping everybody safe”.
Sussex Police’s strategies around connecting with young people are to stay relevant – they have a strong social media presence (links below) – as well as a focus on talking to young people, in order to reach out and break down barriers. Engage, explain, encourage… and enforce as a last resort.
If you missed it, you can catch the 20 minute Q&A here:
Next week, we’ll be talking to Kit Messenger, co-founder of Changing Chances, a former primary school Headteacher, a tutor at the University of Sussex and a qualified coach. Kit works to bring about big changes in how challenging behaviour is tackled in the education system and beyond. If you have any questions for Kit around helping your young people ease back into school life, worries about their mental health and wellbeing, pop them in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.
⭐️ LIVE Q&A with Kit Messenger at 11am on Thursday 10th September on our Facebook Page.
Every month Make (Good) Trouble highlights a charity or organisation that makes the world a better place. This month, we’re supporting YoungMinds.
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity which fights for children and young people’s mental health. They campaign, research and influence policy and practice to ensure young people are getting the best support both online and in their communities.
“Of course I’m scared, but with courage and support from others I’ll get there and so will you.” – Fatimah
With students returning to school after such a long absence, they have put together some really useful information. They understand that is completely natural young people will be feeling anxious about returning. Two of their bloggers Fatimah and Kerry have shared their own worries and how they are coping.
“This is new for everyone, and new doesn’t have to mean bad.” – Kerry
In addition if parents and families are concerned about school then the following information may be of help regarding school anxiety or school refusal, which also includes tips from their Parents Helpline: Parents Guide to support school anxiety and refusal.
Their Parents A-Z Guide to Support also includes several different topics for specific mental health conditions with advice from their Parents Helpline team.
“My advice to other young people would be, where you are right now does not define where you’ll always be. Don’t let problems shape you.” – Bernice, YoungMinds Youth Panel.
Thank you to those who joined us this morning for our Make (Good) Trouble Facebook Live Q&A about the impending return to school/college/uni. Make (Good) Trouble founder, Daisy Cresswell was joined by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust sleep expert, Lara Rutherford and YMCA e-wellbeing‘s Nicola Harvey to discuss the why’s and wherefores of face masks, social distancing and ever-changing guidance.
Daisy, Nicola and Lara discussed the understandable anxiety of students and parents facing a return to education, and offered plenty of advice about where to get help, talking to your employer about flexible working arrangements and how to get back into a routine once term starts.
www.e-wellbeing.co.uk/schools offers lots of resources and tips for parents/teachers and young people to support the transition back to school. This includes videos of young people talking about their mental health, Covid-19 resources, tools that help to challenge anxious thoughts and content on ways to redevelop social skills.
Search the e-wellbeing services for young people and find a mental health support service in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex.
Parents can access the Parent Talk Team on Action for Children – a chatroom and platform specifically for parents during this unprecedent time.
ChatHealth text service, (open 9-4.30) run by the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. 11-19 year old and parents of school-aged children can text 07480 635423.
School Nurse duty number (9-5 every day) 01273 696011 ext 1692