2/3rd of all adult mental health problems are established before the age of 14. Youth workers need to understand mental health and engage with this ever increasing and complex issue.
This course will ask:
What is mental health?
What is the current landscape and impact of mental health on young people?
What are the issues young people are facing and what are the causes?
What role do risk factors, social media and adolescent development all play in impacting wellbeing?
How does poor mental health impact faith and discipleship.
Christian Youth work has an essential and potentially life-saving role to play in supporting young people pastorally.
In this seminar we will look at why we should support young people with mental health issues and the how we can be empowered to create the environments that both help to build resilience in young people and create pathways to help.
We will explore:
The unique way Youth Ministry works with young people and why this is crucial to wellbeing?
What the Bible has to say about mental health and wellbeing and how this impacts our youth work?
What is it that builds resilience in young people and how we can we support them through faith and adolescent development?
How to create and provide the core foundations and strong scaffolding throughout your work that should ensure young people are fully supported.
How beliefs and core values impact the care we give.
There will be times when some young people need more help than you can offer them.
This session will equip you to think around when you should refer a young person. We will explore:
The issues we think we can and cannot cope with and why?
Knowing your limits – referral is not weakness
The art of not passing on to quickly and not passing on to slowly.
How we can prepare young people to accept and engage with intervention.
How to building a simple yet robust pastoral care system internally and a referral network externally.