Life, Mental health, Youth work

World Mental Health Day 2019 Suicide Prevention

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention, there are many awful statistics around young people dying by suicide: it the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds globally. Every suicide is tragic and has lasting impact on the friends and family of those left behind. Something needs to… Continue reading World Mental Health Day 2019 Suicide Prevention

Emotional Resilience, Mental health, Thankfulness, Training, Youth work

5 Ways to Help our Young People Find Happiness

Gratitude is an important weapon in the fight against all kinds of dis-eases of the mind. Being thankful and expressing it regularly genuinely retrains our neural pathways and gives us a more positive mindset which in turn enables us to have more resilience to weather the storms in our minds.  So, if this is our… Continue reading 5 Ways to Help our Young People Find Happiness

Church, faith, Training, Youth work

5 Secrets Every Youth Worker Should Know

Alternatively titled: Let's Start A Revolution! 1. Young people are keen to be involved and all good practice promotes their participation. If your youth work doesn’t involve your young people in the planning and implementation stages then it isn’t good practice. 2. Work as a team, recognise both your own strengths and your team’s: if… Continue reading 5 Secrets Every Youth Worker Should Know

School, Youth work

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

*First published in Youth and Children's Work Magazine November 2017 edition* Ah, Christmas. Picture if you will a warm, cosy family scene around a large dining table that is groaning with food. Everyone is smiling or laughing, the conversation is flowing freely and with much agreement or good-natured debate that no-one at any point takes… Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Emotional Resilience, Life in general, Mental health, School, Youth work

New Year, New You?

Have you ever noticed that the mainstream media is obsessed? Headlines scream at us day in day out, forming the ‘wallpaper’ to our daily lives, and the New Year brings all of that into sharp relief. As if it’s not bad enough that our newspapers, magazines, timelines & advertising feeds are full of messages about our image or body shape or fashion sense all year round; in January this goes into overdrive.