Last Thursday was the first of our programme of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sessions for parents/carers in collaboration with mental health charity MIND. The aim of the session was to give an introduction to anxiety, including what factors develop anxiety in children and what patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours keep it going. We will be running a further 5 sessions over the coming weeks which will address topics including:
- How to encourage children to face their fears and become more independent.
- How to address children’s reassurance seeking and unhelpful thoughts.
- How to teach children problem solving skills.
- How to use praise and reward effectively to encourage brave behaviours.
We received an overwhelming response to the first sessions with over 90 people attending the evening and so far feedback has been really positive. One parent said "Considering the increase in anxiety diagnosed in children, it is fantastic to see school being pro- active and addressing this!"
Another added that "It is really good to have the opportunity as a parent to gain an insight in to CBT. It will help me help my child get better and is much appreciated"
Head of School, Richard Williman said “We are delighted to be able to offer these sessions to our parents as part of a range of work we are doing in partnership with MIND to support the mental health and well-being of our students, staff and the community we serve”
Head of Hercules house and Metal Health leader, Jonathan Irwin, added that “The aim of these sessions is to help parents understand how to help their kids who might have anxiety. Parents will get practical tips on dealing with anxiety and it also gives them the opportunity to share different experiences. The CBT sessions are just part of the work South Hunsley are doing with MIND. They currently run a drop in session and a resilience course for Year 7 students. Furthermore, later this term MIND will be training student ambassadors who will work with staff to improve mental health provision at South Hunsley”.
If you’re interested in attending future CBT sessions please email jonathan.Irwin@southhunsley.org.uk, alternatively if you would like to find out more on what you can do to support your child and their mental health visit www.heymind.org.uk