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The Weald Family Hub

 
There is an epidemic of mental ill health amongst young people today. Research from Public Health England suggests that 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosed mental illness. 1 in 10 self harm. 75% of those who need professional support will not receive it.

Locally, many of us have been personally affected by the issues of mental illness, anxiety and self harm amongst our own children, and those of friends and school mates. We know that these issues can only be faced and overcome as a community - no individual person or group has the whole answer. The Weald Family Hub is a local community response to this challenge. It brings local churches, schools and individuals together with Fegans, a highly respected charity that specialises in working with teenage mental illness.
 
The Hub will do two things: first to raise money to subsidise local schools to be able to access counselling for children who are in need of expert support; secondly to run a variety of parent support schemes to help parents and families as we bring children up in a complex and rapidly changing world. 
 
On 27 June we launched the Weald Family Hub with a talk by Ian Soars, the Chief Executive of Fegans and a leading voice in the field of young people, families and mental health. You can listen to his talk here - it covers a very wide range of issues, including why the statistics on mental illness are so dire, information about how the brain changes during adolescence and how we can best love and support teenagers and young people. It's full of serious knowledge and practical advice and is well worth listening to. 
 
You can also listen to Hugh Nelson speaking about the plans for the Weald Family Hub, including its vision and how you can be involved. 
 
The booklet below explains the plans and how you can be involved. If you would like a paper copy of the booklet - or bulk copies to give out elsewhere, please contact us with your postal address. 
 
If you'd like to keep in touch, you can sign up to our mailing list here. It goes out every month with a mixture of updates, resources about young people and mental health and links to other local organisations.
 
This is an entirely local initiative. We have no funding other than that which is given by people who want to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and families. We've raised more than £10,000 already and now need another £7,000 to get the Hub up and running. If you would be interested in giving to this work, or in investing in the Hub, please call 01580 211739 and speak to Hugh Nelson, or email hugh.nelson@ymail.com. 

 

 

 
 

Church Office & Vicar - 01580 211739   hugh.nelson@ymail.com