Children’s Mental Health Week: There is help in Harlow

Education / Tue 8th Feb 2022 pm28 12:08pm

THIS week is Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February 2022) and one of the biggest challenges facing parents, carers, and of course young people themselves is the difficulties in finding relevant, accessible and nearby support when it’s needed most”. So says, Ian Beckett, who is currently helping lead a 12-week Kintsugi Hope course at St Stephen’s Church in Harlow. 

A Kintsugi Hope Group is a safe and supportive space for people who feel or have felt overwhelmed, providing tools for self-management in a facilitated peer mentoring style setting. Issues explored include disappointment, loss, anxiety, anger, perfectionism, shame, and resilience and aims to help people accept themselves, understand their value and worth, and grow towards a more resilient and hopeful future. 

Ian said, “Our group is for adults, but a course for young people is in development. It’s very clear that some adult mental health issues have their roots in childhood experiences and focusing upon the root of any challenging situation is vital if we want to see change.” 

Kintsugi Hope Group Leaders receive regular ongoing training and development opportunities, and last night, Ian was among 70 Group Leaders who met online, with Kintsugi Hope founder Patrick Regan, and heard about a fantastic resource called the Hub of Hope. 

The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database which brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time. 

The Hub of Hope is a resource provided by the charity Chasing The Stigma, and, so far, has directed hundreds of thousands of people to life-changing and even life-saving support and it is now the UK’s go-to mental health support signposting tool, with thousands of local, regional, and national support groups and services listed. 

The Hub of Hope, through its website and a downloadable App, lists support and services for family members and friends to enable them to find help for themselves, as well as for the person they are supporting, simply by entering their postcode. The services and support listed on the Hub of Hope are not only for when things become unbearable – a crisis point. They are also for those times when we notice we are starting to struggle, or when we need extra support as we start to emerge from a particularly difficult time. 

Ian says, “There is a definite issue of there not being sufficient resources to meet the demands of those with mental health issues, particularly among young people, but resources do exist, and not enough people know where they are and how to access them. The Hub of Hope tools begin to address that.” 

For more information about Kintsugi Hope visit kintsugihope.com 

For more information about The Hub of Hope visit hubofhope.co.uk

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