According to the Mental Health Foundation* mental health problems affect 1 in 10 children and young people. Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
The Worry Wizard supports the emotional Wellbeing of young people of all ages. It offers adults a gentle and fun way to help their child develop tools to manage their Worries before they affect their Wellbeing. Creator Amy Smythe aka The Worry Wizard, an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, was inspired to help young people when her Godson Jack was struggling to voice his Worries.
‘As a counsellor, I understand the speed with which a child or young person’s thoughts can shift from ‘I have a Worry,’ to ‘There is nothing good in my world,’ to ‘There is nothing good about me.’ Therefore it’s imperative to respond quickly so the scale and duration of help required by the child is significantly reduced.’
Not every child needs individual counselling. Yet all children benefit when they aresupported to identify and talk about their Worries. Parents and carers have such an important role to play in this but watching your child struggle with Worries can be terrifying and disabling.
‘We are all aware of how a child can ‘clam-up’ when you ask them if they have any Worries. As a parent, if you feel your child is struggling, it can be difficult to know how to help them. That’s where The Worry Wizard comes in. Activities are deliberately written to make a childfeel comfortable and engage them in fun, creative ways that support them with their Worries.’
The Worry Wizard offers a range of products that parents and carers can use at home to help support their child’s Wellbeing and develop tools to help manage their Worries and build a positive sense of self. The Worry Wizard also works with schools offering a programme delivered over a school year that provides a comprehensive, structured and creative approach designed to improve the Wellbeing of the entire school community.
- Wellbeing Shine Poster (RRP £13.95) which is an exciting way to teach children to help their Wellbeing shine and includes 10 Wellbeing qualities: Action, Belief, Community, Compassion, Courage, Curiosity, Empathy, Gratitude, Imagination and Laughter.
- Wellbeing Greeting Cards (RRP £3.50) which feature the Wellbeing Qualities, include an inspirational message and a Wellbeing activity for a child to complete. They are a lovely way to recognise children for facing fears, showing Empathy, Curiosity and more. The Courage Wellbeing Card features the message: Courage is...to keep trying, even when you feel afraid. Sometimes, courage is speaking from your heart. What’s more the inside message reads: ‘COURAGE – You Have it!’
- Jack and The Worry Wizard (RRP £29.99). Coming soon, the first book written by The Worry Wizard, a multi-layered approach to helping children with Worries.
To mark its launch, The Worry Wizard is hosting a nationwide competition, asking children to name a new Worry Wizard character and to draw a picture illustrating this character’sfavourite way to travel away from their Worries.
Ten entrants will be shortlisted by The Worry Wizard and The Worry Wizard’s illustrator,Chay Hawes and each will receive a ‘How To Make Your Wellbeing Shine!’ poster. The top ten entries will be judged by a panel of children, at a special event hosted by The Worry Wizard. The winning illustration will be used as the inspiration for Chay Hawes’ 3D illustration with the winner will receive a signed, framed copy for their wall! The top three entrants will also each receive an arts and crafts bundle.
Whilst this competition is designed to champion imagination, it also offers a gentle and fun way to begin talking about Worries with your child. The competition is being launched via social media on Facebook as well as in schools across the UK. If you wish for your school or child to take part please follow The Worry Wizard’s Facebook page to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/TheWorryWizard/
The full range of Worry Wizard products is available from www.theworrywizard.com and Amazon.
* Mental Health Foundation: Children and Young People report 2015