When young people have health problems it can sometimes be distressing for them and for everyone in the family. Having difficulties with your health may feel difficult and can impact on your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and wellbeing. Our service offers a chance for young people and their families to talk about how this makes them feel, and where appropriate suggest strategies or ways of dealing with things that can help them to cope with their situation. The way individual children and families cope with, and adjust to, the challenges they face can be different for everyone.
Parents, children and young people come to see the team for all sorts of reasons.
Some of these may include:
- Dealing with emotional distress
- Feeling nervous or anxious about procedures
- Worries about being in hospital
- Worries about illness or having treatment
- Concerns about having to have injections, needles, scans etc.
- Being worried about missing school or feeling ‘different’
- Bullying at school
- Low confidence/self-esteem
- Worrying about your weight
How we can help:
- Preparing for operations in hospital and other medical procedures
- Helping you to look after your wellbeing
- Adjusting to a condition or diagnosis
- Acceptance of living with a physical health problem
- Managing and coping with a health condition
- Thinking about talking to others about your health condition (it can be hard to know what to say!)
- Finding motivation to make changes
- Setting achievable goals