March 3 2008

Emotional Health work with Young People in Bridgend

Garw Valley Early Morning

Here for U

Emotional health is central to much of the work that we do. We have been working with young people in the Bridgend area over the past few years in our Art of Inclusion project with funding from Cymorth, using Community Arts as an effective way of helping young people explore and express their emotions.

Emotional intelligence can help people make sense of and navigate their social interactions in the world – perceiving emotions, understanding their own and other people’s emotions, using emotions, and managing emotions to achieve intended goals.

With all the recent media coverage about the high number of young suicides in our area, we feel that it is very important to offer young people as much support as we can right now. To do this we have applied for extra funding for more resources and have been successful with bids to both Cymorth and a local partnership bid to the Camelot foundation. This funding will enable us to work with young people in our local schools and communities using creativity, dialogue and counselling, and creating safe spaces where young people can come together in a supportive environment.

As well as giving local young people more opportunities to share with each other about their current feelings, we are also working with them to create two resource packs around emotional health, bullying and other youth issues. These resources will be made for schools on DVD with accompanying information and we hope that they will help and encourage dialogue around difficult issues. One of the DVDs will be based around a short drama looking at bullying on the internet, and the other will be focussing on coping strategies and positive stories from some of the young people we are working with.

In addition to our school workshops we will also be running a series of emotional health issue- based workshops in the next few months for young people in community settings locally, and working in partnership with BAVO, The Bridge Mentoring Plus Scheme, YELLOW and Youth Works in our Here for U project which has been funded by Camelot.

If you need some help or support or know someone that does, you could try these organisations which have experience at helping people in distress:

Papyrus – offers support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress – particularly teenagers and young adults.

Samaritans – provide confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.