As my daughters approach their teenage years, it’s becoming clearer just how important it is to nurture their resilience and wellbeing; to raise young adults with an appreciation for mental health and emotional intelligence. To support their development, each other, and the wider community around them in which they will certainly be touched by mental health issues.
This year, young adults have had to face more than ever, alongside the usual teenage angst, the hormonal rollercoasters and the modern day technology and all the social pressures that brings.
It brings me so much hope to see a shift in the way culture around mental health for young adults is changing. It wasn’t long ago (honest) that I was in secondary school, and phrases like mental health, self harm, resilience were far from on the syllabus.
Today however, with organisations like the Kent Resilience Hub, there are people fighting to ensure the right resources are in place at the right time.
With downloads and articles on all sorts of wellbeing advice for parents and schools, Kent resilience hub is a portal to a wealth of information around how to support your child as they face a whole host of emotional challenges; ADHD, bullying, bereavement, self care, LGBT, online safety to name a few.
This November, Headstart Kent and Kent County Council are seeking input from parents across Kent on a wellbeing and resilience survey to identify how successful the rollout of wellbeing and resilience programs have been.
Crucially, this input will ensure future program are tailored to meet the needs of further generations of young adults and identify gaps and opportunities to build on the work of the program so far.
The short survey is open to parents in Kent with children aged 10-16, and will close on 30 November 2020 (subject to review of entry quantities).
For those who have taken the time to contribute, an entry to a prize draw will be provided, giving the chance to win a £100 high street voucher – just in time for Christmas.
In order to access the survey, click through the link here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/QLV3SC/
As a parent, I implore you to take the minutes to invest in child wellbeing in our area, and share this survey as much as possible to gain the valuable insights needed to explore this area further in the future.
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