Children's Mental Health Week is an important time to shine a light on the emotional well-being of our young ones. In today's fast-paced world, it's crucial that we create safe spaces for children to express their feelings and process any trauma they may have experienced.
Children, just like adults, can experience trauma in various forms, whether it's through family challenges, loss, bullying, or other adverse experiences. Recognising signs of trauma is the first step in providing the necessary support for children to heal and thrive.
Supporting Children to Express Themselves:
Encouraging children to express how they're feeling is essential. As parents and caregivers, it's vital to create an open and non-judgmental environment where children feel safe to share their emotions. Sometimes, they may not have the words to express what they're going through, so we must be patient and attentive.
Equipping Ourselves to Support:
As professionals and parents, it's natural to feel overwhelmed or uncertain about how to support children dealing with mental health challenges or trauma. That's where education and training come in. We need to equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective support and care.
Broad Horizons: Your Partner in Mental Health Support
At Broad Horizons, we understand the complexities of children's mental health and the importance of supporting both parents and professionals in this journey. Our therapeutic parenting groups and our trauma informed training programs are designed to empower caregivers and educators with the tools they need to understand mental health and trauma in children and young people.
For Parents and Carers:
We know that parenting can be challenging, especially when navigating your child's mental health. You're not alone. Our trauma informed training courses offer a supportive community where you can learn from experts and fellow parents, sharing experiences and strategies to support your child's emotional well-being.
Feeling unequipped to support children and young people who have experienced trauma is a common concern among professionals. Our training sessions provide evidence-based approaches and practical techniques to help you feel more confident and capable in your role.
Together, we can create a nurturing environment where children feel seen, heard, and supported. Let's prioritise children's mental health not just during Children's Mental Health Week, but every day of the year. Because every child deserves the opportunity to thrive emotionally and mentally.
At Broad Horizons, we understand the importance of having a trauma informed perspective when it comes to service delivery. That's why we've developed trauma informed training packages such as our Dissociation, Attachment, Resilience, Trauma & Shame (D.A.R.T.S) model, developed by psychotherapists with years of experience. Our trainings will equip you with essential knowledge and skills to become a trauma informed practitioner and/or service, allowing you to support the people you serve to the best of your ability. We have developed instant access on-line trauma informed training, that consists of individual pillars and reflective practice sessions and takes you on a deeper dive into understanding trauma at your pace.