Raising Teens is back on BBC radio

Raising Teens is back for a third series on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey – and, for the first time, on other BBC stations around the country – we’re going national! This special series focuses on lockdown and the pandemic. Host Guy Lloyd and teen reporter Lola Ray are back for series three. The first episode focuses on anxiety and how this pandemic is affecting teens and their families.

You can hear Raising Teens on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey at 7.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and online on BBC Sounds.

This first episode looks anxiety and how parents and carers – who may be struggling themselves – can help their teens with anxiety in lockdown, what is causing it and how teens, parents and carers can get support. There are the usual tips and information on where to get support, so it’s a super useful episode. Guests in this episode are psychotherapist Donna Peters-Lamb from Make Sense Psychotherapy, Mo Bham, Educational Psychologist and Head of Learning Support Services for Brighton & Hove and parent Sophie.

Parent, Sophie, on Raising Teens: Anxiety in a Pandemic

Another first for us and for BBC Radio Sussex is that the whole series is being recorded in lockdown with guests, host and producer, as well as all Lola and her teen interviewees – all recording remotely from their respective homes. Brighton and Hove City Council supports this series. They say it’s an “important and timely radio series that provides accessible information and ideas to help parents and families in lockdown.”

🔊 You can listen to all episodes of Raising Teens here

Where to get support

Young Minds’ information and help with anxiety

Young Minds’ Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines) 

For England-wide mental health services and support (11-25 years), including advice on depression, relationships, bullying and anxiety, please visit: www.findgetgive.com

If you are in a crisis and looking for support, please visit: www.findgetgive.com/crisis/

The Children’s Society advice on anxiety

Support in Sussex:

Brighton & Hove wellbeing service

CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) in East Sussex01323 464222 – Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5pm, Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm. Email: 0-19.SPOA@eastsussex.gov.uk 

East Sussex helpline for parents and carers of young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), available during school and setting closure period. Leave your name, telephone number and brief description of the kind of you support you need: 01273 481967

West Sussex educational psychology service community call-back, available during school and setting closure period: https://westsussex.local-offer.org/information_pages/609-educational-psychology-service-community-call-back

Health in Mind, NHS organisation providing courses and therapies to help with stress, anxiety and low mood in East Sussex  https://www.healthinmind.org.uk

For a list of all Brighton and Hove services (11-25 years) please search: www.wheretogofor.co.uk