“Sometimes you just need to talk to someone, to get it all out your head and not feel rushed or told what to do… I just wanted to feel heard.” (young person in girl’s group)
Throughout our work, we have met young people who have expressed a need to be heard and valued. Many are unsure about their lives and their emotions and need a space to talk openly about “stuff” that has an impact on their lives. Some young people don’t need an intervention they just need to be heard and supported as they unravel their thoughts and feelings to make sense of their world.
Alternatives Dundee Youth provide a safe, confidential and quiet space for young people to express themselves by giving the young person a space to “download” their story and explore their own questions and emotions. Feeling heard and understood can often increase resilience and has a strong link to positive mental health and wellbeing as a young person seeks meaning whilst trying to deal with life, its challenges, and its transitions.
Through active listening and helping the young person ‘hear’ what they are saying themselves we seek to empower young people by building the self-awareness and emotional intelligence needed to maintain positive wellbeing. All of our team receive supervision, are trained in effective listening and all have the COSCA certificate in counselling skills.
Our one-to-one listening support allows young people to:
- Explore their questions and emotions
- Become more resilient as they seek meaning in life
- Deal with life, its challenges, and its transitions
- Feel empowered
- Build self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- Maintain positive wellbeing
Each young person will be allocated to a dedicated and trained adult ‘Listener’, and will have the option of up to eight 30-50 minute sessions as part of the listening service.
Young people can access “Download” if they have worries or concerns about:
- Low self-esteem and self worth
- A difficult decision to make
- A difficult situation
- Unexpected pregnancy
- Post termination or miscarriage
If you would like to book some listening space of know someone that does. Please contact one of the team