Paul Madden, Head of Counselling & Support Services, talks about the mental health of young people – the focus for 2018.
“Many parents worry about their son or daughter and feel ill-equipped to ask their children the ‘right question’ or say the ‘right thing,’ which means that putting support in place for young people can feel difficult. At Hospice in the Weald, we often support parents in having difficult conversations with children and teenagers about death or bereavement, and the truth is that there’s no right or wrong answer.
#WorldMentalHealthDay is about raising awareness, but in reality being able to acknowledge that you are in need of support, to yourself or to others, can be difficult. If adults are setting this example, it’s no wonder that talking to young people about mental health feels tricky too.
If we have a broken arm, or a terminal illness, the symptoms are often physically obvious to us and to those around us, but when it comes to mental health the signs and symptoms aren’t always visible. Sometimes, we can become accustomed to how we are feeling because we have been living with these feelings for long periods of time. In the Counselling & Support Service, we often see people who do not believe they are struggling with their mental health, because this has been ‘the way things are’ for a while. Counselling support can often be helpful in these situations.
Counselling Support makes up part of the individualised care that we offer to patients, their families and carers. For more information on our services, please click here.