#itsapeoplething- Mental Health Awareness Campaign

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‘Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are almost three times as likely (at 26%) to experience a common mental health problem as their male contemporaries (9%) and have higher rates of self-harm, bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder.

This is clearly an issue that needs a deeper look and a strategy for addressing the factors that

are causing it.’

 

MHF, FUNDAMENTAL FACTS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH 2016

 

With just over £384.00 raised, we would like to thank all the fantastic supporters who have donated.  £380.00enables us to provide a Peer Mentor for 2 months to a Young Person in need alongside suicide prevention support. Last year, 59% of the young people that we supported were suffering with moderate to severe mental health issues. 32% of these young people had battled with suicide ideation or had attempted suicide. We want to reduce this by at least 15% in the next year. To do this, we need your help.

Last year we saw an improvement in 84%of the young people we supported within 6 months.

Please meet Joanne (her name has been changed for her protection):

When we first met Joanne she presented with high anxiety levels, particularly around her friendship peer groups and her exams. She was experiencing a lot of pressure at school and with exams coming up, found revision had increased her anxiety and stress levels. 

Joanne’s parents separated when she was 9, however she has a good relationship with her father. As well as managing the impact of her parents separation, Joanne also had to cope with her mother’s depression over the years since she was 12 years old. In early 2015, mum had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was receiving treatment.

Joanne found it very difficult to cope with her mother’s more difficult emotions well as her own, and that of her younger sister. Joanne started to contemplate whether she should continue to live.  This had a huge impact on her low self-esteem and she felt changed and had become shrouded with an air of sadness.

Mixed with the emotional difficulties of her past experiences she was going through the transition stage of adolescence, emerging into a young woman as she turned 16 during the course of her therapy with us. This added to the internal conflict about her identity, sense of self and sense of worth.

During therapy, Joanne became really committed to her sessions and really made use of the space. She began exploring her anxieties and fear of living. She was no longer afraid to question things and with a healthy curiosity asked questions. Sometimes, her therapist was unsure whether she was avoiding particular issues around her mother’s cancer and depression, however, we worked with her to bring these difficulties into our sessions. This is when Joanne showed growth in her ability to explore her feelings and think about the impact of these serious issues upon her life, her behaviour and her emotions.

Joanne was very prolific in her art making. She was naturally gifted in this area and engaged really well. She found expressing herself through art therapy gave her an insight and profound explanation of what things meant to her. The artwork was multi-layered and said so much about her.

Joanne was very imaginative and often spoke in the metaphor which was wonderful to work with. She was also very open and receptive to what was said to her and explored within the sessions.

She beautifully described the role of the art making, in the metaphor, to be like ‘background music’ and that helped her to control her anxieties. Through therapy she decided that her life was worth living. She decided she wanted the ‘background music’ she learnt to help manage her life though art therapy, to be the soundtrack.

 

We work tirelessly and passionately to ensure that every young person who walks through our doors, receives the best care for their mental health issues.  Mental Health affects us all whether directly or indirectly.

You helped us make a difference.

Every child deserves support to be the best they can be. We can’t do this without the support from people like you! We implore you to support us and help young people like Darius, have a chance to be great! Let's start talking more about Mental Health to encourage more people to seek help where they desperately need it.

Thank you from everyone at Off Centre!

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It's a People Thing, We Help Young People Stay Alive!

Mental health and behavioural problems (e.g. depression, anxiety and drug use) are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide, causing over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds.

-          Mental Health Foundation, 2014

With just over £220.00 raised, we would like to thank all the fantastic supporters who have donated.  £220.00 enables us to provide a Peer Mentor for 1 month to a Young Person in need alongside suicide prevention support. In 2015 alone, 131 of the young people we supported had either suffered with suicidal thoughts or already attempted suicide. Your valuable donations will enable us to support more young people to see a hopeful future.

More young people, like Darius; (his name has been changed for his protection):   

Darius’ parents separated 2 years ago due to domestic abuse by his mother. After social services involvement,
Darius was allowed to live with his father, with unsupervised visits and stays with his mother.

During our first session Darius disclosed that his mother had physically attacked him on a previous evening. He reported that his mother had beaten him up for putting a speaker back untidily. 

There was evidence of physical bruising on his arms and his face in our session with him.  As with most young people who experience domestic abuse by a care giver, Darius did not want to get his mother in to trouble. He wanted to punish himself instead by committing suicide. Our therapist and Peer Mentor worked very hard to build trust with Darius and ensured he knew his future and safety is paramount. As we felt that D was at risk of immediate significant harm.  We made an immediate emergency safeguarding referral in this case Child Protection – Hackney Children’s Social Care.  From here, Darius’ father was given full custody with his mother having to psychiatric treatment and attend anger management course with no access to Darius until she was deemed fit by the courts to see him again. 

Darius was very agitated at this stage and his thoughts of suicide were intensifying as he felt that he was worried his mother would punish him. Through our work with D, he was able to understand that the abuse had nothing to do with him. He was not the problem. This understanding helped to reduce his suicidal ideation and see more hope for his future! We go the extra mile in order to safeguard our young people.

It’s very likely that if Darius was not sign posted to us, he may still have been abused.  By the end of his time with us, Darius was able to implement some boundaries in regards to communicating with his mother, no longer experienced suicide ideation and wants to be a teacher having a positive perspective for his future!

We work tirelessly and passionately to ensure that every young person who walks through our doors, receives the best care for their mental health issues.  Mental Health affects us all whether directly or indirectly.

Every child deserves support to be the best they can be. We can’t do this without the support from people like you! We implore you to support us and help young people like Darius, have a chance to be great! Let's start talking more about Mental Health to encourage more people to seek help where they desperately need it.

Thank you from everyone at Off Centre!

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Jocelyn Yeboah-Newton
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Jocelyn Yeboah-Newton
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