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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

 

Winston Churchill

 

We are a team of people dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of teenagers through a unique and innovative program designed to help reduce anxiety and self destructive behaviours by building resilience. Resilient teenagers - resilience being the ability to recover from difficult situations - are more prepared to seek new experiences and opportunities and take reasonable risks in order to achieve their goals.

We are aware of the increasing pressures that teenagers today are facing which results in low self esteem and anxiety. This can then lead on to self destructive behaviours which can be distressing for both the teenager and those close to them. 

The GRIT programme is a 12 week programme divided into Phase 1 and Phase 2. It uses a combination of exercise to help channel and focus overwhelming emotion and anger combined with therapeutic interventions to help boost self-esteem and confidence. 

 

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The GRIT Programme

GRIT is a 12 week programme designed to build resilience and improve self confidence and esteem thereby reducing self destructive behaviour.

Phase 1- recovery

The first six weeks comprises the recovery phase. During this phase the teenager will be assigned a mentor and will commit to taking part to six weeks of non contact boxing and yoga. They will start to understand how to recognise physical feelings including negative emotions and begin to see how they can focus this energy into a positive channel. They will also understand the importance of self care including sleep, eating well and social support. We will also address social media use and discuss how they can use it in a positive way.

Phase 2 - thriving

The next six weeks takes its foundations from the old African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”. Local business have offered their expertise so the teenager may design their own bespoke program. This includes activities which have been proven or anecdotally shown to help specific problems such as anxiety and anger management.

This is a unique opportunity for the teens to develop their own program based on what they feel will work for them. They will have the opportunity to chose from a variety of activities such as yoga, boxing, nutrition, art therapy, equine facilitated coaching, holistic therapies such as massage and running. 

 
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