“The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost
I have had the privilege to listen to young people including my own children talk about some of the things that they sometimes struggle to deal with: relationships, peer pressure, exam pressure, racism, bullying, money management, future career, cultural identity, sexual orientation, loss and bereavement, family and societal expectations and lifestyle etc. See speech bubbles above.
Dealing with difficult situations can sometimes be a good thing, it can help develop strength, knowledge, and techniques. As Arnold Schwarzenegger says, ‘strength does not come from winning, your struggles develop your strength when you go through hardship and decide not to surrender, that is strength’.
But not all difficult situations are easy to work out. Some difficult situations can lead to mental health difficulties like depression and anxiety. One in eight (12.8%) 5- to 19-year-olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed and one in twenty (5.0%) of 5- to 19-year-olds met the criteria for two or more individual mental disorders in 2017. Since the lockdown there has been a surge in the number of children and young people including the most resilient struggling with depression and anxiety
Collaboration, shared decision making, shared responsibility, equality and diversity and research
In 2018, I carried out a research on young people’s views about the mental health support on offer for them. Groups of 14- to 15-year-old signed up to take part in the research from different backgrounds. In a fun and relaxed workshop setting, they shared their opinions with me openly and honestly. Through our conversations I found out that most of these young people had a good understanding of difficulties like depression, and anxiety but lacked techniques on how to manage them.
I also found that most young people want professionals, parents, and carers to involve them in decision making about their mental health. They showed that young people do not like to be made to feel judged, they value friendship, trust, safety, and confidentiality as highlighted in the speech bubbles above. In the right environment with the right support, young people can learn techniques in managing their mental health. They can also contribute in research on what works well for all young people.
WHO WE ARE
Empowerup International is a UK registered company that works in partnership with other international bodies to promote mental health for children and young people.
Empowerup International has the mission to provide mental health education and early intervention services for professionals, parents and the young people that might need it. To help people understand, build, and develop individual lasting techniques in managing their mental health. Work is facilitated by well-trained education mental health professionals and cognitive behavioural therapists, in a relaxed, confidential, non-judgemental, compassionate, and nurturing manner. Work can be carried out remotely via video calls, telephone, chat, email, or face to face.
Services include but are not limited to
Fun group work for teenagers in a relaxed hangout
Work with parents to facilitate sharing and development of techniques that work in supporting teenagers.
School audits in line with the whole school approach and government policies including Consultation with school staff.
Audits that support schools to implement change in line with the whole school approach and government guidelines.
One to one intervention for common mental health difficulties, using low intensity cognitive behavioural therapies (talk therapy) and signposting.
Regina provides you with a confidential, relaxed, patient, and safe space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. You will not feel judged you will be heard, understood, valued, and empowered to make the right choices about your wellbeing.
If you would like to learn more about young people’s mental health and to gain up to date knowledge and techniques on how to support young people with mental health difficulties.
Join one of our one workshops or training course via the events and services page.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Regina is a UK qualified teacher turned education mental health practitioner. She taught languages in secondary schools in Gloucestershire where her passion for better mental health support for teenagers was developed. She is keen on empowering young people to overcome barriers to their learning and happiness.
Regina works for NHS as part of the mental health support team for schools delivering Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapies for common mental health difficulties like depression, anxiety, and behaviour difficulties.
Regina is also passionate about youth empowerment, diversity, and equality. She is the founder of founder of Edufun Cheltenham, a small holiday club that focuses on teaching cultural awareness, and extracurricular skills young people with the aim of fostering appreciation for differences and acceptance.
In her free time, Regina likes to cook, socialise and to spend time with her family. She most enjoys walking, listening to music, dancing, art, and traveling.
Regina has a masters degree in inclusive education (MAED, SEND/SEMH), a PGDip, Education Mental Health Practice, PGCE, (QTS in secondary school teaching, 11-18) and a certificate Therapeutic Art Life Coach