Free sessions to help children deal with challenging behaviour and self-harm in North Warwickshire

A number of free sessions are being run for parents, carers and professionals working with children and young people in North Warwickshire to help them understand issues including challenging behaviour and self-harm.

With one in four people experiencing a mental illness at some point in their life, Warwickshire County Council is currently highlighting different ways in which people can help themselves and their children to improve their wellbeing, maintain positive mental health or reduce experiences of low mood and stress.

A free coffee morning and information session for parents and carers – ‘Understanding and managing challenging behaviours in children aged 4 to 12 years old’ – is being held at The Ratcliffe Centre, Ratcliffe Road, Atherstone CV9 1LF on Monday 3 June from 9.30am – 11.00am.

The session, which is being provided by RISE – the name for Coventry and Warwickshire’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people – will give advice on how to cope with challenging behaviour and provide information on what help is available to support children with their emotions.

It will explain how parents and carers can use the new RISE Dimensions Tool, a free web-based app that can help find support in Warwickshire and give tailored advice so both parent and child can have a better quality of life.

Parents and carers should book their free place in advance by emailing risecommunityoffer@covwarkpt.nhs.uk or calling 07917 504682.

Warwickshire’s Primary Mental Health Team is also providing free Mental Health Awareness Workshops for professionals working with children and young people in North Warwickshire.

On Monday 1 July, professionals are invited to The Ratcliffe Centre, Ratcliffe Road, Atherstone CV9 1JQ between 9am – 1pm for a free Self-Harm Awareness Workshop to develop their knowledge and understanding of self-harm behaviour in young people and explore the reasons why young people self-harm.

The session will also help professionals understand how to respond to a disclosure of self-harm and explore alternative coping strategies for reducing self-harm behaviour, as well as understanding when and how to access specialist services.

Places on the workshop are subject to availability. To book a place on a workshop or to discuss a bespoke workshop, email: Warwickshire.PMHT@covwarkpt.nhs.uk (please include: Name, Role, Agency, Choice of Workshop/Date).