Prayers are one of the most powerful tools in the child’s life, but it can be challenging to keep up with them.
This is why a charity called the Child Guidance Pathfinder (CGP) is providing guidance to help people who need help in making informed decisions about their child’s mental health.
The organisation’s founder, Dr Gilda Fitts, is a clinical psychologist who works with a range of children, including some who have a severe mental health condition.
She said: “There is a stigma that when you go into a child’s bedroom and start asking them questions about their mental health, they are going to get upset.
But there is no doubt that when they are asked about a specific situation in their life, like whether they are being bullied or they are experiencing trauma, they’re more likely to say ‘yes’.”
I want to talk about what it means to be a child in crisis, and how we can help them get through that.
“Dr Fitt, who works at Children’s Hospital, said the CGP is different from other child support organisations, because it focuses on the individual and not the institution.
She told News24: “It’s not like, ‘Oh, we have a child support organisation that’s a mental health charity and is here to help us.'”
It’s about helping the child in the moment, rather than a long term strategy that is not about a long-term outcome.”
I’ve seen kids who have been traumatised by their father or mother and they’ve been crying for weeks and have been in a very dark place, so I want to be able to help them to go into the world of their own and to do that in a supportive way.
“They’re also really grateful to me, they say, ‘I don’t want to go through that again’.”CGP is also looking at ways to help vulnerable children with a wide range of mental health issues.
In particular, Dr Fitt said the organisation is interested in working with vulnerable children who are:In her experience, there is a wide variety of needs and concerns for children who need support and guidance.
“We know from a lot of research that when a child is in crisis their parents often don’t understand their needs and they don’t see the issues that they have,” Dr Fitz said.
“When a child doesn’t understand that their dad is upset or his mum is upset, they don, so that’s really what we’re trying to do is to help kids in crisis understand what’s going on, and to be understanding, and help them in the process of understanding.”
The CGP said the support they provide is confidential and confidential is important to children.
It said:”We are not a service for adults.
We are not going to tell you how to make a better decision or how to do something.
We just want you to feel comfortable enough to ask your dad for help and not feel afraid to ask for help.”
If you don’t feel comfortable, we don’t think it’s really appropriate to give you advice on how to deal with the situation.
We’re just going to ask you to make an informed decision.”CGP does not offer advice on what you should or shouldn’t do, but we do try and get the best advice that we can, and the best that we’ve found has been about support.”
So if you need advice on something, we’ll help you.
“The Child Guidence Pathfinder said it was important that people in crisis don’t put themselves in a vulnerable position.
The charity also said it has trained staff in different ways to support children.
Dr Fitz, who has a PhD in mental health and has worked in social work for over 20 years, said: “”We’re trying very hard to be as supportive as possible, but sometimes we get frustrated that people don’t have a lot to say.”
Sometimes we feel like we’re just talking about our own feelings and we’re really just talking on the basis of our experience and our expertise, and we just don’t get the help we need.
“In our work, we are really focused on children who really need support, and so if you’re a parent who’s struggling with a child who is experiencing distress, and you’re having a tough time trying to cope with that, you should talk to a counsellor or a support person.”