|There is little doubt that mental well being in young people is essential. Our society relies on the healthy development of young people for its future. If we are to prosper then we need to address the concerns of young people as a matter of priority. With this in mind we have created Squirrels, a moving live drama that focuses on a group of young women who support one another in times of crisis.
Squirrels is at the heart of a half day workshop we are offering to schools and other organisations where young people meet. The performance kicks off the session and with the support of a highly experienced clinician, the participants are asked to examine their own feelings and coping mechanisms when things get tough. As well as exploring ways of improving resilience and finding the appropriate support in times of crisis, the workshop is an excellent way to begin an honest and open conversation with young people about the everyday steps towards improved mental health.
The response to Squirrels so far has been extremely positive and we look forward to engaging with more young people in the Autumn
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Here are a few of the responses to Squirrels:
“Mental Health should be the 4th Emergency Service. And it needs to be available at weekends.”
“I worked as Health Care Professional in large institutions and one of the things overlooked is how children can become Squirrels, looking after themselves. That is their therapy. We need to involve them from the start” – Audience member
“It is about building links, developing coping strategies that work for them” – Audience member
A very powerful message…thank you…
Here are a few useful links for those who may have been affected by any of the issues in Squirrels. These are some of the organisations that can offer help and support for those who are dealing with mental health issues or are seeking to support someone else. Mental Illness affects not just the sufferer but friends and family and it is important to seek support.
We will keep updating the page and, as always, welcome your feedback. It is important to spread the word that there is help out there, so feel free to bookmark or link to this page.
Other Organisations that can help
National Self Harm Network
If U Care Share Foundation
Cruse Bereavement Care / RD4U
Mental health and emotional support for young people.
Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line