To coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, Mentor Link would like to share with you the story of Zac and his current challenges.
Zac aged 6 has been referred to the service as school are worried about him constantly talking about death and generally feeling very anxious about death. He was recently found by a member of school staff with a rope around his neck, and in a state of distress.
With the support from a Mentor their aim is to ensure Zac can talk about his anxieties, regulate his emotions and over time become more resilient and confident.
For children and young people to have support from a Mentor during difficult times, has proven to be invaluable to enable all children and young people to flourish with a positive future ahead of them. Other professionals are involved in the welfare of Zac, and it is important that all come together and work with children and young people in a collaborative way to ensure they grow up in a positive and safe environment.
Quote from Papyrus CEO Ged Flynn –
“The number of calls, texts and emails to our Hope Line UK service has increased by more than 25% in the past two years.” “We know more young people are feeling lonely and distressed and are struggling to cope with life.” “It is important we work together to keep our communities’ suicide-safe, and that young people know they are not alone, and help is available!”
Here are the signs to look for :
*Significant changes in behaviour
*Ongoing difficulty sleeping
*self-harm or self-neglect
*Withdrawing from social situations
*Not wanting to do things they usually like to do
To meet the demand for the Mentor Link service they urgently need Mentors for Pershore, Evesham, Worcester, Malvern, Redditch, Leominster, Wyre Forest, Birmingham, and the Black Country.
If you can help support a young person facing social and emotional difficulties, and would like more information about becoming a Mentor please contact firstname.lastname@example.org tel. 01299 822336 www.mentorlink.org.uk