Childrens Mental Health Awareness Week
Posted on 5th February 2018 at 11:07
As the Duchess of Cambridge supported the start of Children's Mental Health Week this morning with her message for children to be comfortable in their own skin, Grief Recovery's UK Director Carole Henderson was quoted in Metro talking about equipping teachers and parents with the tools to support kids in their care effectively.
The Helping Children Deal with Loss programme is based on the best selling book "When Children Grieve" by Grief Recovery founder John W James and then Executive Director of the Grief Recovery Institute the late Russell Friedman. Originally written for parents it is now being additionally offered to schools as we've found that it is an area that even teachers let alone teaching assistants or other support staff receive any training on. Feedback from participating schools has been tremendous encouraging even more people to train to be a Grief Recovery Specialist so they can facilitate the programme for themselves. Specialist Catherine Best who has a background in Education and is highly experienced in helping schools embed the lessons of the Helping Children Deal with Loss programme says "What makes us unique is that we equip everyone who does the programme with practical skills that they can implement right away. Too many schemes offer lots of theory. I love the Grief Recovery Helping Children Programme because we teach them what to say, what not to say and do.
Mostly people associate the word "grief" with someone dying but the truth is just as there are many different types of love there are many causes for grief - we grieve all loss to a greater or lesser extent. So helping a child with the loss of a treasured belonging is also equipping them to deal with the losses around moving house, changing school, a friend leaving town, the death of a pet or one of the myriad of other life events that invoke loss.
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