Welcome to Headspace from Fegans, a new initiative created to engage with young people as part of our ‘Seasons of Change’ exhibition. As a mental health charity Fegans work with young people everyday in the counselling rooms, and it is our mission to support young people in the best way we can. This webpage is dedicated to providing an online resource for every young person and young adult.

Scroll down for articles, case studies and insights into your emotional and mental health world. As a charity dedicated to supporting young people we want to know what you need to know about. If you have any suggestions for articles, or would like to get involved with contributing to our online hub, please email elizabeth.barrett@fegans.org.uk – we aim to provide a voice to young people and young adults.

Articles

What’s so great about Tunbridge Wells Operatic and Dramatic Society (TWODS)? Check out this video for all the answers, and try not to tap your foot or sing-along, difficult isn’t it? We are thrilled that TWODs chose Fegans as their charity partner for the run of ‘Grease’ at Assembly Hall Theatre, from 14th – 19th May, it’s been great to learn more about the fantastic community of performers in Kent. And it got us thinking about how healthy the joy of musical theatre is, so we’ve written an article about benefits (some may surprise you) in our article here…

assemblies & workshops

Fegans are proud to have partnered with The Poetry Society’s Slambassador programme, as part of our ‘Headspace’ campaign launched  in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. To find out more about The Poetry Society, and their work, you can click here.

Dean Atta is a poet from London, UK. His debut collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, published by the Westbourne Press, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday Pink List and featured in Out News Global Pride Power List.

Dean will be our guest artist at a selection of the ‘Headspace’ Assemblies.

 

Cecilia Knapp is a writer, performer, theatre maker and poet. Over the last few years Cecilia has headlined at some of the UK’s top poetry nights. She’s performed on stages at festivals including Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Wilderness.

Cecilia will be our guest artist at a selection of the ‘Headspace’ Assemblies.

 

Deanna Rodger is an international writer, performer and facilitator. She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is on the board of Safe Ground. Commissions include: Under The Skin (St Paul’s Cathedral), Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer) and Buckingham Palace (NYT).

Deanna will be the spoken word artist hosting our SLAMbassador Workshops.

 

want to get involved?

At Headspace online we aim to provide a safe place to discuss issues surrounding emotional and mental health, and are providing this webpage as a platform for young people by young people. Aspiring journalist? We would like to hear from you. Looking for an extra-curricular activity? Doing the Duke of Edinburgh? Or maybe you would like to take up a volunteering opportunity or to fundraise. If so we want to hear from you. Email elizabeth.barrett@fegans.org.uk and let’s chat. If you would like to sign up to our Headspace Mailing List you can do so below – to be the first to know about the latest news and events from Headspace.

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CASE STUDY: WILL’S* STORY

Will*, 14, is suffering from bullying at school. He used to be quite outgoing but is now refusing to attend school and stays in his room gaming. His mother cannot get him out of bed and even when she does, he will not go to school. He did agree, however, to see a Fegans’ counsellor, who helped him talk about the root causes of his school refusal. He had been targeted by a group of boys in the year above and found that avoiding school was his ‘best way out’.

The counsellor helped him talk about the feelings he had when confronted by that group of boys; the fear, anxiety and panic. The counsellor worked with him to talk about his options and the people to whom he could turn. He drew a picture that he could keep with him of all the resources and people who could help. This helped him feel safe and he returned to school. *Name and image changed for client confidentiality

CASE STUDY: SARAH’S* STORY

Sarah*, 14, is starting her GCSE’s and her mum and dad have just split up. Some days she’s at mum’s house, some at dad’s. It didn’t used to be like this. She can’t concentrate at school, her friends’ parents are still together and her brother seems to be coping much better than her.

Seeing a Fegans’ counsellor gave Sarah a safe place to voice her feelings, feelings she felt she couldn’t express to anyone else – her confusion (I had no idea it was that bad), her fears for the future (how am I going to cope with this?), her anger (it’s not fair) and sadness (everything has changed). Counselling couldn’t get mum and dad back together but over time it did help Sarah accept her new life. *Name and image changed for client confidentiality

 

CASE STUDY: BECKY’S* STORY

Becky*, 15, had been self harming for months. She wanted to stop but couldn’t. When things got too much with her friends or she’d had yet another row with her boyfriend, cutting her legs seemed the only way to relieve the stress but then she’d hate herself for it. It all came out when she was changing for PE and her friend spotted the signs and encouraged her to go to counselling, which Becky did not feel would help.

To Becky’s surprise counselling did help. Becky learned how she had kept everything inside and why. She realised how she’d been burying her worries about mum’s cancer and about getting behind at school. After all, mum would normally be the first person she talked to. Becky’s counsellor offered her a safe place to express all these feelings and over time she no longer needed to self harm to cope. *Name and image changed for client confidentiality

CASE STUDY: SAM’S* STORY

Sam*, 12, had been finding secondary school harder and harder. It was huge in comparison to his village primary school – so many buildings, so many people, so much banter. He felt he didn’t belong and became completely overwhelmed. He couldn’t concentrate in class because he dreaded social time, waiting for the next boy to shove him into the lockers.

Over time counselling helped Sam to understand himself and his personality better and taught him to be more assertive. He now spends his lunchtimes with his new friends in the music block and can stand up for himself more. School isn’t perfect but he has found ways to cope and feels better about himself. *Name and image changed for client confidentiality

 

THE book

As part of Fegans’ commitment to supporting young people, we have produced a book that is all about you. It’s your personal place to write down what you want out of life, your rules, your relationships, and how you can go about acheiving your dreams. Written by Fegans’ Counsellor Georgina Cuthbertson, we discuss what you can do to help yourself in emotional and mental wellbeing. Click here to buy a copy for £5 + PP. Schools and organisations can order in bulk for a discounted rate.

How to find 'Seasons of Change'

Tunbridge Wells Art Gallery and Museum, Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1JN

Seasons of Change