Providing NHS Services

NHS Partnership Online Resources

Since the end of 2021 GRIT has been working in partnership with the NHS and is currently hosting two adolescent Health and Wellbeing coaches who are overseen by Dr Louise. 

This section therefore contains links and resources that might benefit someone who is seeing a HWB coach or who is receiving support from the NHS. We know how difficult it can appear when trying to navigate the system and wealth of resources that are available so we will try to keep it as simple as possible. 

To start with it’s helpful to explain what our coaches do. They have completed the following training:

  • Trained with Guildhall School of Coaching to advanced level
  • DBS and safeguarding Level 3 trained
  • DICES trained through IAPT

Health coaching is a relatively new addition to NHS services designed to empower patients with their own health and wellbeing. There are many resources out there that support people, but it can be difficult to know what is available. Our adolescent coaches work with the young person to achieve goals they have set and help identify any resources that may support them in doing so, creating an individualised plan that supports the young person in their desired goal whether that be to learn social skills, to feel less anxious, to stop self harming or gain self confidence. It is important to note that this is considered an early intervention strategy and the coaches are not there to diagnose or treat more severe mental health conditions.

Our coaches

Jo Brabrook
Jo Brabrook
Conor Macken
Conor Macken

Facts about adolescent health

  1. Adolescence is defined as the transitional period between 10 and 19 (some argue this should be extended to 24 years) where a child becomes an independent adult. It involves physical, psychological, and social changes.
  2. It is a time of significant brain development. What happens in this period influences health and wellbeing in adulthood therefore it is important to address any concerns early rather than assume it is just a ‘phase’ someone will grow out of.
  3. The adolescent brain is different to a child or adults’ brain – see the adolescent brain
  4. Common physical problems include skin problems (acne or worsening of existing health conditions), sexual health problems and possible worsening of chronic health conditions (due to numerous factors).
  5. Half of all mental health disorders in adulthood start by the age 14 but most cases are undetected and untreated (WHO).
  6. Adolescents need more sleep than a child or an adult (8-10 hours night), yet most only get 6.5 to 7.5 hours sleep a night. 
  7. Whilst it can be a challenging time adolescence can also be an exciting and fun time to find out about the world and gain independence. 

Resources has a wealth of information for children, young people, and their parents. 

For young people it covers topics like mental and sexual health and what support is available locally. 

For parents it provides information on how to support your child with body image, eating disorders and SEND as well as information on what courses are available such as parenting a child with ADHD. 

Of note - if you suspect your child may be neurodiverse (ADHD/ASD) you do not need to have a diagnosis of this (you may have decided that a diagnosis is not needed or are waiting to be assessed) before you can access these courses. 

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