What happens when you ask the hard questions about the complex issues facing young people?

Updated: Aug 29, 2018

What if we could give our young people a 'mental health & wellbeing" booster shot when they turned 10? What would be the best effect of such a booster? To solve a complex problem you must explore the pains and gains that will address it.

This the question that's been at the heart of community think tanks across our local city and region. Weighing in on the conversation have been educators, Wellbeing practitioners, Pastoral care workers, Youth workers and local Business leaders.

“If we could provide a tool to help our young people, to set them up for success and positive wellbeing what pa should we treat and what gains should we seek?

We set out to find a value proposition for a program and /or tools that would serve to address the complex problems and needs of this generation of young people. We asked each Community 'think tank' cohort what they saw as the current pains faced by the young people and those working in the sector such as teachers and Wellbeing staff, as well as what they'd love to see being gained by young people in order to give them a greater platform to be all they can be .

Pains and Gains

We asked the educators what pains the students faced and what pains they faced? The educators biggest pain was that despite their best intentions , and of being aware of the Social, emotional and mental health challenges young people are facing today, they were time poor and often overwhelmed by too many different programs and needs that required too much work, preparation and co-ordination. They said they need an program that was easily delivered in school over a sustained time period, with capacity to become an ongoing supporting framework through the school years. Both educators and parents also sited the need for parent education and support so that all the influencers were engaging with you people around a common framework and language. (#selfequity #selfconfidence #imyself )

We also took the question to our young people and it was apparent we have some work to do to address what I've described as the "liabilities and debits" that are eroding young people's Self Equity. These Liabilities include misbeliefs, aggressive or passive communication, low self esteem, lack of self confidence and poor self worth these result in debits and debtors like negative self talk, fear of failure, perfectionism, people pleasing, lack of motivation in school and home life, devaluation of future prospects and hope, academic and social disengagement, eroded and broken relationships, bullying and being bullied, self harm and even suicide.

Year 5 and 6 students think tank results

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