Grief at any age is difficult, but especially so for those aged 16 to 24, when life is changing so fast. With the added effects of the pandemic, bereaved young people are feeling even more isolated and anxious. We will provide therapeutic group sessions to improve young people’s wellbeing in grief.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1105370)
Sadly, 78% of 11-16-year olds have been bereaved of a close relative or friend. As there were 661,320 young people in the West Midlands in 2019, there are many that need our support. Edward’s Trust knows that grief affects the whole person – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. With the pandemic increasing feeling isolated from friends, anxiety for themselves and loved ones, and lack of sleep from the trauma of their grief, bereaved young people need our help more than ever.
We will provide group sessions to 30 young people to help them develop positive coping mechanisms for their grief. Young people will also be able to access our full, holistic service with no charge, as it is funded from other sources. The sessions will include walking therapy, Mindfulness, physical exercise (taking into account the groups’ physical abilities), and healthy eating. The sessions will be run by a Wellbeing therapist who is a qualified fitness instructor and counsellor.
With the skills I have been given by Edward’s Trust, I am now able to face life’s challenges in a more positive way. I have strategies to deal with my panic attacks and anxiety. The relaxation techniques and breathing exercises are now a part of my daily life.
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