Monday 2nd December saw the new start up community group Auchterarder Parents Supporting Parents have their launch event in the Assembly Hall at TCSoA. The event was a community information session delivered by Keren Hadden from NHS Tayside’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and was about how parents can help build resilience skills in their children.
Attendance on the night was encouraging with 80 adults and 22 children taking part in a parallel kids activity hosted by the new community run The Sports Hub. As well as local families there were families from all over the Perth and Kinross area from Abernethy to Perth to Crieff. Keren explained that although the incidence of clinically diagnosed mental health disorder is not increasing in our society, despite what may be widely reported, the number of children who are showing signs of mental ill health has increased dramatically.
The people best placed to help children are parents and family members by helping them develop resilience by building skills. Resilience is the ability to get through serious life challenges and find ways to bounce back and to thrive. Keren went on to talk about the 7 key characteristics of a resilient child and took audience questions at the end.
Auchterarder Parents Supporting Parents is a parent led, community initiative that has been started by local parents who have experience of trying to find information and support when they had challenges in their family. This initiative is very much working on behalf of local parents and also in partnership with The Community School of Auchterarder and especially David Lambert, Headteacher and his Senior Management Team. At the forefront of a innovative way parents,school and wider community engage on an area of importance to all, this could be the first of its type in Scotland.
Auchterarder Parents Supporting Parents have asked parents for suggestion for other areas they would be interested in hearing about and they hope to be able to publish a programme of events for early 2020 very soon……. Watch this space.