"Mental wellbeing is one of the biggest issues facing the young people in your youth group – and it’s got even more urgent with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Now’s the time to address this – and we’ve got a session for you, ready-to-go."
Dr Kate Middleton Headstrong Project Director
Headstrong Youth Group Programme
A ready-to-use youth group session tackling mental wellbeing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Young people's mental wellbeing is a growing problem and anxiety is one of the biggest issues. According to Childline, there has been a sharp rise in the number of young people seeking help because of anxiety as they struggle to cope with the demands of modern life – including social media, school and exams, and global issues like climate change. Now the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated those anxieties and brought new ones, like concerns about going back to school, fear of family members catching the virus, job losses, and financial challenges for parents and carers.
The Christian faith has much to say about anxiety and fear. Despite that, our faith and emotions are often kept separate. Mental health is rarely discussed in youth groups, even though so many teenagers are struggling with it. This session gives you a chance to talk openly and honestly with your youth group about mental health and anxiety with the help of respected psychologist Dr Kate Middleton. Based on a Bible study of two key passages from the New Testament, young people will learn about the psychology of anxiety and how to manage it and see the difference Christian faith has to play in our wellbeing.
This ready-to-use meeting is designed to be run online or in person - whatever works best for your group.
We're offering it as part of the launch of Headstrong, Youthscape's new programme to support young people's mental wellbeing, in partnership with the Mind & Soul Foundation.