CASY is a small charity that provides emotional support and counselling to children and young people aged from 6-25 years old, with mental health issues throughout Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
CASY runs a drop-in centre, as well as counselling services out in the community and at schools to support children and young people experiencing issues such as family break ups, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, self-harming behaviour and suicidal thoughts.
The charity supports children like *Annie, who was referred to CASY for counselling at the age of 10 years old. Annie’s mum noticed a change in her daughter’s behaviour both at school and at home, as she withdrew from her friends and family. Annie confessed that she didn’t want to be here anymore, and that’s when Annie’s mum reached out to CASY.
Counselling sessions helped Annie to open up about how she was feeling and share that she’d been feeling really low for quite a while, but she was worried about upsetting her mum by telling her. Annie initially felt anxious about going to school, but started feeling anxious about more and more things.
Annie and her counsellor explored ways that Annie could help herself to feel more confident and less anxious. Annie found it scary at first, trying to make herself go out and see people again, and to put her hand up in class, but after a while, and with her counsellor’s support, she was able to gradually do more and more.
Global’s Make Some Noise is proud to support the charity’s counselling project which provides counselling for children and young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or self-harm, and bi-monthly parent support groups.
Through the project, CASY can help children and young people to manage their feelings and behaviours in a healthier way. The charity has found that their work with parents and carers as well, can help reinforce the therapeutic work between children and the counsellors.
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*This young person’s name has been changed to protect their identity.