OUR Generation - Creating Change Event - Anxiety in Children & Young People

OUR Generation - Creating Change Event - Anxiety in Children & Young People

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Supporting and Managing Anxiety in Children & Young People

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This online Creating Change Information Event is aimed at key contacts (parents/carers, teachers, youth leaders and any adult who surrounds the child or young person) to help them understand better childhood and adolescent anxiety and how best to support children & young people during these challenging times.

Anxiety has become part and parcel of modern life. Its impact on family and on young people’s lives in particular can be debilitating. Parents and carers typically feel at a loss to know what to do. This session involving input from renowned adolescent development specialist Bronagh Starrs, will focus on providing information to support parents and carers to understand childhood and adolescent anxiety.

This session will give an overview of anxiety and how it presents across childhood. It will cover 4 main areas:

1. Learning about anxiety, the fundamentals of why it happens and what it can look like in children and young people;

2. Strategies for supporting children and young people;

3. Questions and answer segment with guest expert, Bronagh Starrs, who has worked on the Our Generation Project on behalf of Cooperation Ireland, sharing expertise with professionals and parents;

4. Signposting to relevant organisations and resources.

Due to the current Covid situation the Information Session will be online and we would be delighted if you could join us - to register please sign-up through Eventbrite and we will be back in touch with further information.

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Expertise will be provided by:

Bronagh Starrs - Bronagh is Founder & Director of Blackfort Adolescent Gestalt Institute and Programme Director for the MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy in Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre, validated by University of Northampton, UK.

She maintains a private practice in Omagh, Northern Ireland, as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, writer, presenter and trainer, specialising in working with adolescents. As well as her work as a parenting consultant with many families, schools and agencies, she is also an experienced therapist working with children, adults and groups.

Bronagh is a renowned adolescent development specialist and has considerable experience teaching and presenting throughout Ireland and internationally on the developmental implication of trauma on the adolescent journey. Her book: Adolescent Psychotherapy – A Radical Relational Approach has received International acclaim.

The OUR Generation project is a Peace IV funded project that provides a unique opportunity for communities, north and south of the Border, to work together to halt the intergenerational impact of trauma and to build emotional resilience and peace for generations to come.

This three-year project will run to December 2022 and engage with 36,000 children, young people and their key contacts. The project will be delivered in education, youth and community settings aimed at the five Urban Village Areas and border corridor of Northern Ireland and the five Border Counties of Donegal, Sligo/Leitrim and Cavan/Monaghan in Republic of Ireland.

The cross border partnership of seven regional organisations will be led by Action Mental Health in partnership with Donegal Youth Service, Co-operation Ireland, Youth Action NI, Youth Work Ireland, PlayBoard NI and Ulster University. Funding for the OUR Generation project has been awarded through the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), match-funding for the project has been provided by The Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

OUR Generation will collaborate with existing community–based initiatives to offer accessible, age appropriate prevention, early intervention and recovery activities delivered on a cross-border and cross-community basis to support the mental and emotional well-being of children and young people. Children and young people will engage in programme design and delivery, including provision of peer support, developing skills and confidence to improve well-being within their communities and act as agents of change, building peace for future generations.

As a partner, Co-operation Ireland will undertake outreach, engagement and relationship building activities with those communities and groups most affected by the legacy of the conflict, i.e victims & survivors, ethnic minorities, ex-prisoners/former combatants, youth at risk, displaced persons and former members of the security services, especially for those whose experiences can be passed onto subsequent generations for the purpose of shared learning, building resilience and promoting positive relations.

Our work will focus on connecting groups on a cross community and cross border basis based upon common needs and shared interests with the development of activities and training to address issues, specifically around the promotion of emotional resilience, empathy and understanding underpinned by building peace & reconciliation in post conflict Ireland.

This Information Session will take place on Zoom and the link will be sent to you once you have registered. Look forward to seeing you then!

Any Questions or Queries please drop us a line:

Claire Heaney-McKee - claire@cooperationireland.org or mobile 07513870237

Katrina Mcilmail - kmcilmail@cooperationireland.org or mobile 07799871000

Laurie Ferguson - lferguson@cooperationireland.org or mobile 07871622381

Design & Development Officers, OUR Generation Project, Co-operation Ireland, Unit 5 Weavers Court, Linfield Road, Belfast, BT12 5GH

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