Contributing to #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek is close to my heart.
Every year I volunteer my services to my local school. This year I decided to do two things: Parent/carer consultations to offer signposting to services that may be helpful for their children’s needs, and a staff support session. Volunteering my time allows an opportunity for my local community to have access to professional services at no cost and it means I contribute to promoting the importance of children’s mental health. Also, in light of the two main strands of my business: counselling and psychotherapy (www.mscp.co.uk) and self-care consultancy (www.checkupfromtheneckup.co.uk) offering both signposting and support to parents and the school staff also felt congruent with my professional role.
For parents/carers – I appreciate that looking for help can be bewildering so I aim to help point the way to getting some support for your child and acknowledge how stressful it can feel.
For staff – the aim is to acknowledge how difficult the role of a helping professional can be, to acknowledge the challenges and successes in meeting the needs of the child and parents; and to promote the importance to look after your ‘self’ both professionally and personally.
So my aim, this Children’s Mental Health Week, is help the staff and help the parents to help the child.