Free sessions to help young people deal with self-harm and mental health issues in Alcester

A number of free sessions are being run for parents and carers of young people in Stratford district to help them understand well-being and mental health issues including 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 well-being, 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 supporting young people aged 12 – 18 years with self-harm’ – is being held at The Depot, Jubilee Centre, Jubilee Fields, St Faith’s Road, Alcester B49 6AG on Monday 17 June from 9.30am – 11.00am.

The session, which is being provided by RISE – the name for Coventry and Warwickshire’s emotional well-being and mental health services for children and young people – will provide advice on how to help a young person cope with feelings of self-harm, explain what self-harm is and some of the reasons why young people self-harm.

It will also give practical tips and activities that can be done at home to support a young person who is self-harming and advice on where to go for help locally if parents and carers are worried about a young person – so they can feel positive they’re getting the right support.

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

Families and young people that would prefer a one-to-one face-to-face consultation with a mental health professional can book a consultation slot of up to 45 minutes to speak in confidence with a member of the Specialist Mental Health Professionals Team.

This can be done by e-consultation, phone or in person, with sessions available at The Depot in Alcester on Monday 24 June.

To book your one-to-one consultation, email risecommunityoffer@covwarkpt.nhs.uk or call 07917 504682.