WHY SILLY LIMBIC?
I first created Limbic as a tool for my clinic. After reading the alarming statistics about young people and mental health and a lack of access to help.
3 children under 16 in every classroom in the UK are struggling
with mental health issues
1 in 50 of those are aged under 4
20% of children have no access to any mental health
I started to see teenagers appearing in my clinic and heard about what was going on in schools. – time out cards, no control over cyber bullying etc and the very stretched resources of CAMHS.
It seemed like schools were fighting fires rather than stopping the fire starting in the first place. Surely we should be helping kids become resilient from a young age so they do not end up as one of these statistics or in need of additional help.
I researched into what is taught in schools here and abroad in terms of emotional and psychology education. I was pretty shocked. There are a few PHSE modules but they were dry and felt clinical/educational. The feedback from teachers was that they wanted more.
I looked to parents who expressed their lack of knowledge about how to communicate with their children and to help them rather than seeking professional help which seemed extreme and daunting.
Even when they have reached out- unless their child is severely mentally ill- there are children who just seem to fall through the cracks.
So I wanted a fun way to engage children with feelings, emotions and mental health. After all, classrooms use popular books and well known characters for literacy and reading- why not have the same for mental health skills.
We need tap into little brains early on, we need them to start understanding why we feel emotions and how both our bodies and minds are effected. I wanted to give them tools to help themselves and Solution Focused Hypnotherapy ( or just Solution Focused Therapy if you prefer) does just that.