Written by Dr Eleanor Akaho, MBChB MRCPsych
The recent attacks in London for example are a prime example. So many words have been written and reported about what went on in these major cities in the United Kingdom and now, as we seek to find a way to move forward, we are facing the age-old question: “Where do we go from here?”
It is common for sleep patterns, appetite, interest in socialising and many other aspects of everyday life to be disrupted during periods of grief. Some children may show evidence of regressive behaviours such as bed-wetting or thumb-sucking whilst grieving. Teenagers may face existential questions and if they feel they have no platform to discuss their observations and concerns, this can further compound the depressive stage of grief. Some may adopt negative coping strategies such as deliberate self-harm, excessive use of alcohol or drug use, and this can cause complications that delay the grieving period.
Eleanor Akaho is a medical doctor with a specialist qualification in Psychiatry. Her passions are promoting positive personal development and encouraging mental health awareness. In addition to clinical work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), she is the co-founder of My MindSight, a newly-launched mental health education service for secondary schools. Their aim is to educate, enlighten and empower young people about topics related to mental health and the impact of bullying. For further information, please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our sister company, Inside Out, supports young people by holding social events in which guest speakers use the arts to share their experiences of mental health difficulties. To find out about their upcoming event, please email the team at email@example.com
Where Do We Go From Here Article by Dr Eleanor Akaho
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