North Tyneside Carers’ Centre have worked hard in response to young carers needs and secured funding for a therapeutic practitioner to work with children and young people who are experiencing difficulties. This may include but is not limited to; emotional, social or behaviour difficulties including mental health concerns. It is available to young carers aged from 5-25 years.

Dramatherapy is a form of psychotherapy which specifically employs drama, theatre and other alternative creative mediums to enable the young person to work through their presenting difficulties. Dramatherapy can be accessible for anyone who seeks to explore the difficulties in an alternative way. Dramatherapy can be accessed via Family Support work usually following 1:1 support with a Family Support Worker, it may then be agreed with the young person and family that dramatherapy would be the next step.

Dramatherapy can enable a young person to access an array of creative mediums to help them, explore, express and transform.

Mediums include: talking & listening, role play, art, mask work, puppetry, small object work and much more.

Please speak to your/your young persons Family Support Worker or Young Carers Practitioner if you believe this may be of benefit, and would like to explore how drama therapy could help you.

Tips for Grounding: helping us feel more connected, calm and centred

The following techniques can be implement into your daily routine to help you become more mindful and present and alternatively to manage anxiety if it arises. This can be used now or anytime – especially when we experiencing something very stressful.

Grounding Technique 1: Breathing

Breathing – Put your feet flat on the floor and become aware of your breath. Follow the breath with your mind, in and out. You can use one hand, fingers open and with the other hand, use one finger to guide up and down to help you regulate your breath.

Grounding Technique 2: 7/11 Breathing

7/11 breathing – The same action again only counting in for 7, holding for 2 and exhaling for 11.

Grounding Technique 3: Breathing

Breathing – Counting your breath around any square object you can see. Such as a window, a display bored or the T.V.

Grounding Technique 4: Self Soothe

Self sooth – shower (imagine the stress washing away with the water). You can gently give yourself a hand rub, heart rub, pat on the back – caring for you.

Grounding Technique 5: Becoming Aware and Identifying...

Becoming aware and identifying – Five things see, four things touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, one thing you can taste.