Are you worried about your children’s mental health?
Recent newspaper reports have revealed that one in four adults in the UK suffer from a mental health problem in any given year. In comparison, one in three teenage girls struggle with depression and/or anxiety, which is a 10 percent increase in the last decade. Happily, the depression rate in teenage boys has actually fallen, although the numbers are still concerning.
So, as a parent, what can you do to help alleviate these (sometimes overwhelming) feelings of depression?
Often when we are in despair, the people closest to us are the ones that we find the hardest to talk to – perhaps because we don’t want to worry or burden them, or because we don’t want to appear to be weak. We may fear that discussing our difficulties with family and friends will cause arguments and that our issues would not be heard properly, nor understood.
Talking about problems in a safe and comfortable counselling setting — openly and without fear of being judged – is without doubt the first step to resolving them.
Tory Macdonald (www.listening-to-you.co.uk) has had nearly four years of experience as a Secondary School Counsellor. In addition she has spent the last ten years counselling adults, couples and families in Eastbourne.
The end of the Summer holidays can often bring with it anxiety about a new school year, as well as the ‘doom and gloom’ for parents of the colder and shorter days to come.
In preparation for helping you and your children deal with the ‘Winter Blues’ Tory is offering a £15 reduction to any new clients.
Please ask for further details at the Natural Fitness Centre, or contact Tory directly on 07976 399 998.