Are you concerned about the mental health of your child or children in your school?
Would you be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety in young people?
Did you know; 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. (1)
Concerns about mental health and in particular; anxiety and stress are high on the national agenda these days but awareness and understanding is still very low. Most are unfamiliar with what an anxiety or a panic attack really is and are unable to recognise their signs as they develop in children.
This continuing lack of awareness and understanding of the real causes of these mental health problems means that a stigma still exists when it comes to talking and dealing with mental health challenges.
Dave Russell is a Mind Coach and former anxiety sufferer. He now works with adults and children who suffer from stress and anxiety.
Dave delivers talks and workshops for parent’s association and teachers on the subject of anxiety and stress in primary and secondary school children.
Having overcome his own mental health challenges, Dave’s mission is to spread awareness and understanding of the root cause of stress and anxiety and teach his clients the skills and techniques to take back control of their mental health.
“What a fantastic talk Dave did at Howth Primary School last night. So relevant and informative around the issues of anxiety and stress with children”
Sandra O’Rourke – Parent
20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year (2)
Dave is keenly aware that when a young individual is suffering from a mental health challenge like anxiety this effects more than just the individual in question. It can have an impact on family relationships as well as effecting fellow students and teachers.
For the individual these mental health challenges can affect their relationships at home and at school, their confidence and can impact their education too.
In his talks Dave demonstrates to parents and teachers the real root cause of stress and anxiety and how different behaviours can be seen as signs that a child may be dealing with a specific mental health challenge. He also teaches some skills that anyone of any age can learn to start to take back control of their own minds.
The earlier that mental health issues are identified the greater and the quicker the impact of intervention will have on the individual.
50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24 (3)
“Saw Dave speak in our local school last night regarding children, stress triggers and mindfulness. Superb presentation and excellent delivery. Seldom seen such connection with audience. Excellent.”
Clive Dennis – Parent
Dave’s talks and workshops are engaging, informative and entertaining, full of stories and activities and energy.
Talks to parent or teacher groups takes approximately one hour with plenty of time afterward for questions and answers.
Workshops last for approximately 3 hours and are jammed full of tools and techniques that can be immediately implemented to start to help those suffering from stress and anxiety to retrain their own minds.
If you are interested in booking Dave for a talk or workshop for your parents association or teaching faculty you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or click below.
Dave Russell is a Mind Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming. He is an expert in accelerated learning and empowerment techniques and is one of Irelands only Firewalking Instructors.
He is the creator of Easy Ways to Better Grades an online accelerated learning program for students and the inventor of The 3 Pathways Approach program for dealing with chronic stress and anxiety.
He is also the author of a series of audio books that help children struggling with mental health challenges.
1) WHO (2003). Caring for children and adolescents with mental disorders: Setting WHO directions. [online] Geneva: World Health Organization. Available at: http://www.who.int/mental_health/media/en/785.pdf
2) Kessler RC, Berglund P, Demler O, Jin R, Merikangas KR, Walters EE. (2005). Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62 (6) pp. 593-602. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.62.6.593.
3) Children’s Society (2008) The Good Childhood Inquiry: health research evidence. London: Children’s Society.