Local businesses collaborate to help teens with their mental health
It’s widely recognised that the coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on young people’s mental health. The Centre for Mental Health confirms that 1 in 6 children in England aged 5-16 now having a ‘probable mental health disorder’ in 2020, up from 1 in 9 in 2017.
In light of this, local Bath-based author and mindfulness coach, Nicola MacDonald is collaborating with Steve Sutherland of Hidden Woods forest school to launch a new resilience course for teenagers, based around her book Resilient Teen.
Nicola says “This course is aimed at teenagers who are struggling with stress, anxiety or low self-esteem. Using a combination of mindfulness, self-compassion, and positive self-talk teens will become more self-aware and resilient. They will learn how to handle stress and anxiety when faced with a setback, how to release emotions healthily, and how to boost self-esteem. Ultimately they will feel mentally stronger, ready to surf any wave that comes their way.”
Steve says “We’re really looking forward to working with Nicola on this project, offering teens the chance to spend time in our stunning woodland camp whilst decompressing from all the stresses and strains of modern life. We’ve already received a lot of interest in the course and very much hope that it will be the first of many.”
The course will take place at Hidden Woods, near Norton St Philip, every Friday after school for 6 weeks commencing 10th September 2021. Up to ten teenagers between the ages of 13 to 16 can join the programme. Anyone interested should contact email@example.com.
Each session includes a hot drink and tasty snack prepared over the campfire. One week will include mindful hot chocolate making with Helen Wilshire Makes, using delicious supplies from Harth Chocolate.
Nicola's book, Resilient Teen, which is available on Amazon, is included within the package as an opportunity to learn more and practice meditations at home.