Children’s Mental Health Week

Every day in a hundred small ways our children ask, ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do I matter?’ Their behaviour often reflects our response.”

L.R. Knost.

Children’s mental health week was launched in 2015 by Place2Be, to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Even without the effects of the pandemic, an increasing number of children and teens are suffering from mental health problems – ranging from anxiety disorders, depression, to self-harm and addiction – the wonderful news is, there’s so much we can do to help children grow up to be strong, confident, resilient and happy adults.

The human givens approach provides a simple, yet highly effective, practical framework for life. Our approach is used by therapists, teachers, counsellors, social workers, school counsellors and partners to help improve the lives and wellbeing of children and young people.

We have developed a range of resources for you to use as you please – each has been created with you in mind…

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An important message from Miriam Chachamu…

Family psychotherapist and human givens practitioner

The importance of self-expression 

“Encouraging children to express themselves freely, without judgement or criticism is very important. As children grow up, they tend to worry more about what people think and can lack confidence. Parents and teachers must encourage children to express themselves without creating blocks”.

Discover three common mistakes excellent parents and teachers unwittingly make – watch Miriam’s video to find out more.

An important message from Miriam Chachamu – family psychotherapist and human givens practitioner…

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watch the video here >

Psychological Growth 

Knowing how to grow psychologically as parents and families is vital – as well as understanding how to overcome your own difficult childhood experiences so that you can be a better parent to your children… Miriam highlights two potential pitfalls and shares seven suggestions to help you and your family grow together in her latest video – how to grow psychologically as parents and families >

Don't forget, as the young person in your life changes, you will need to change too ..."

Richard Brook, HG tutor

Growing Together

“As our children, or the young people in our care, mature, we need to make sure we adapt our style too. Tempting as it may be to become more authoritative as behaviour gets more challenging, we need to try to resist this instinct. As the child gets older, we should aim for a less authoritative style, enabling the young person’s growing needs for autonomy, control and status to be met.

Try to be the coach in being an adult, giving the young person the opportunity to reach conclusions for themselves and helping them to solve problems in a more adult way, rather than taking responsibility away from them. In every teen voice there are likely to be both a child’s voice and an adult’s voice – try to talk to the adult’s voice, and it is more likely to be the adult’s voice that will talk back.”

Richard Brook is a lecturer in Social Work at the University of East Anglia, where he teaches a postgraduate module for qualified social workers on working with adolescents. He has over 20 years experience of working with children and families, young offenders and adolescents with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and parents.

Live Online Workshop – Helping Troubled Teens

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“Ask the Expert” podcasts

Our mental health and wellbeing podcast series features human givens professionals talking about their own specialist area of expertise. Each one offers useful information and effective tips for improving emotional health and wellbeing gleaned from their many years of experience. They include:

Improving mental health for young people – one step at a time
– featuring Alex Kennedy

How can we improve children’s behaviour?
– featuring Miriam Chachamu

Why every childhood is worth fighting for
– featuring Chris Dyas, Children’s Social Worker of the Year (2018)

Listen to “Ask the Expert” podcasts

How can you help children to grow?

It’s really important that we know how we can best support children’s emotional health and understand why challenging behaviour can occur…

Best-selling author and family therapist Miriam Chachamu has created a 1-day live event – How to help children thrive.

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Drawing on new research about children’s brain development, Miriam uses her extensive experience of working with families and children to give you a wealth of practical steps, insights and effective communication skills that you can implement straight away. You will learn how to work effectively with children, help them deal with difficult emotions and reduce emotional outbursts, guide them to learn from past mistakes, build healthy self-esteem and provide them with life-long skills including effective communication, positive behaviour, taking responsibility and understanding their emotions.

Join Miriam live – book your place

I wish there was someone to talk to, whilst I was waiting for someone to talk to”

A child said to Chris Dyas, NSPCC social worker

If communities could create environments in tune with the human givens, where their children can safely build key life skills and ensure that basic emotional needs are met, then there would be far less need for expert services”

Chris Dyas

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