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Supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing

by Cathy Sheel

A free workshop aimed at helping parents and carers support their child’s mental health and wellbeing is being organised by the Lee Cooper Foundation.

The workshop on Saturday, 18 June, between 10am and 3pm at 10 Vicarage Place, Prescot, will seek to equip parents and carers with the tools and strategies to help their children, and signpost to the agencies offering support.

As well as highlighting the current mental health challenges facing children and adolescents – and how to identify and respond to them, the session will explore the following areas:

  • Parental self-care: ways to look after your own mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing
  • Helpful conversations
  • Creating safe spaces and setting boundaries
  • Ways to wellbeing and resilience

There are 40 spaces available and parents and carers can register via the charity’s website here. If the session is oversubscribed, the charity will run another workshop, so lookout for news on their website.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “The pressures of modern-day life, alongside the pandemic, have created a range of mental health challenges for our children and young people. I welcome this initiative as it gives us an opportunity to recognise some of the simple steps we can take to support the mental health of our children and young people, as well as the support available in the wider community.”

The Lee Cooper Foundation provides mental health support to young people in Knowsley and surrounding areas.