As a National Lead School for health and wellbeing Bebington High Sports College is often 'ahead of the game' when it comes to health and wellbeing projects and last month we became the first school in Wirral to complete a 'Youth Connect 5 (YC5)' programme with a group of our parents. For two hours each Friday morning throughout March parents of 7 of our children in year 7 have met to take part in YC5. It is a course that helps parents to learn new skills and approaches to connect with their children; helping to build resilience and positive emotional health and wellbeing.
Topics covered include:
Understanding mental health and the adolescent brain.
Understanding risk and resilience.
Maintaining good mental health.
Learning about why we feel and behave the way we do.
Learning and practicing communication skills to help children manage and express their feelings.
Exploring ways to make changes that will improve wellbeing throughout the family.
Supporting and developing children's problem solving and coping strategies.
March's programme was, we hope, the first of many. We would like to encourage more of our parents to attend future courses. Please contact the school if this is of interest to you. You can find out more about the aims of Youth Connect 5 at www.youthconnect5.org.uk.
What our parents said about YC5:
"Dealing with emotion and (issues such as) bereavement is very difficult for a child. Being able to understand that a child's brain is not fully developed has been very useful."
"Having a supportive network helps build resilience."
"I now feel I have a variety of tools available to use when dealing with difficult situations."
"The course has encouraged me to listen more attentively, be more understanding and see things through my child's eyes."
"I have learnt to use some of the YC5 techniques, for example containment in order to defuse situations with my child."
Would our parents recommend the course to others?
"Yes: It has given me the opportunity to meet like-minded people, develop a support network and have a greater understanding of children's mental health."