Month: February 2016

Young Minds

You may of recently heard about Young Minds in the news, so we wanted to tell you a bit more about the charity.

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.

Young Minds work is vital in bringing the emotional and mental health needs of children and young people to the attention of the public, government and funders and to effect improvements. The shocking situation of very long waiting lists causing unacceptable waiting times to get help or the inability to access help of any kind, alongside the fact that ill children and young people are sometimes kept in police cells because of a lack of safe places in health care, and children and young people sent hundreds of miles away from their families to receive urgent inpatient care, have all been well reported in the press and media.

Young Minds reported that:

  • Approximately 850,000 children and young people have a clinically significant mental health problem.
  • 1 in 10 children 5-16 years, or 3 in every classroom experiences mental health problems, which doubled between the 1980s and mid 2000s
  • 60% of Looked After Children have emotional or mental health problems and are 6 times more likely to have a conduct disorder and 4 times more likely to attempt suicide
  • 1 in 12 young people self-harm and since 2002 there has been a 68% increase in the number of hospital admissions of young people self-harming
  • 95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder

Young Minds needs volunteers to help with Parent Helpline, they ask that people volunteer 1 day a week for a minimum of 9 months.

The Parent Helpline is a lifeline for parents worried about the mental health of their child, the Parents Helpline is reliant upon donations.

Demand is the highest it has ever been. Over the last 12 months we helped a record high of 10,000 parents and carers but 2,500 more calls couldn’t make it through.


Improve the emotional resilience and mental health of children and young people throughout the UK by informing and actively engaging with children, young people, parents, policymakers and professionals


Overarching Priority

Build Children and Young People’s Emotional Resilience

Key priorities

– Inspire excellence in children and young people’s services.

– Improve Self-Harm Responses.

– Increase the influence of the Voice of Young People and their Families.

– Advance our understanding of how the Internet and Social Media can be a positive tool for building emotional resilience.


Father and child

  • 95% of callers tell us the advice is beneficial for them and their child
  • 1 in 3 callers call the Helpline a lifesaver
  • 96% saw positive changes as a result of our advice
  • With only 0.6% of the NHS Budget allocated to children and young people’s mental health, waiting times for mental health help are six, seven, even nine months (and in some cases, almost two years). The Helpline is immediate


Chrysalis Courses Spring 2016 Start Dates

In this blog we will be adding start dates for your Chrysalis Course. We will be adding start dates as they come out so if you can’t see the start date for your closest venue please keep checking back. This has been updated on 23rd Feb 2016, there are only a few start dates left to go and these will be released very soon.

Belfast – Saturday 14th May 2016

Birmingham – Sunday 1st May 2016

Cardiff – Saturday 14th May 2016

Chelmsford – Saturday 7th May 2016

Glasgow  – Saturday 14th May 2016

Guildford – Sunday 5th June 2016

Hitchin – Saturday 14th May 2016

Leeds – Saturday 21st May 2016

Liverpool – Sunday 1st May 2016

London – Sunday 1st May 2016

Maidstone – Saturday 28th May 2016

Manchester – Sunday 15th May 2016

Newcastle – Sunday 29th May 2016

Northampton – Saturday 7th May 2016

Norwich – Saturday 28th May 2016

Nottingham – Saturday 28th May 2016

Oxford – Sunday 22nd May 2016

Reading – Saturday 28th May 2016

Southampton – Saturday 4th June 2016

Worthing – Saturday 28th May 2016

If you have wondered what it is like to study with Chrysalis Courses then watch David’s story below, i am sure it will increase your enthusiasm for your first day this Spring.

Chrysalis Courses looks at Managing and Understanding Stress

One of the many things Chrysalis courses will help you understand, manage and facilitate others with is every day stress.

Apart from examining the self-talk we all engage in, it’s important that you understand the stress response so you can develop some techniques and strategies to help you deal with various forms of anxiety.

Step 1: Understand the stress response

When exposed to an event that the brain identifies as being challenging the fight, flight, freeze response is engaged. The brain produces stress hormones such as adrenaline and this triggers physical responses, which can include:

  • Sweaty palms
  • Increased heart rate
  • More focused eye pupils and muscle tension.

These physical changes help us to take actions to deal with the challenge. It is normal to experience physical signs in response to stress whether the danger is real or imagined.


The stress response is therefore healthy and desirable. When it saves our life it is certainly protective.

However, the stress response can also be damaging. If it is produced in excess or produced when the stressor is no longer there it is neither healthy nor desirable.


People also ‘turn on’ the stress response when they are required to perform in some way. Therefore it is normal to experience some physical signs of stress e.g. sweaty palms. What you need to do is learn to manage this so it does not become excessive and overwhelm the ability to perform.

Evidence suggests that we perform best when moderately aroused or stressed. Therefore the secret when performing – whether it be in a job interview, an exam or delivering a speech – is to harness the energy and use it to your advantage. The secret is to use moderate levels of anxiety to boost performance.

Step 2: Tackling the fear of “failure”

One major cause of performance anxiety is the ‘fear of failure’. Why do we think failure is not OK? It’s usually because we tend to feel that we’ll be embarrassed and rejected if we don’t succeed. We link our self-esteem with achievements and we assume that others will not respect us if we fall short of their expectations.

To tackle this fear it’s important to make peace with being human and making mistakes. “Mistakes are OK!” Remember that sometimes you will go well, other times things will seem flat. This is true even for the ‘experts’. Remember the most confident public speaker will have days when it doesn’t go according to plan.

Step 3: Learn to face avoidance

Our favourite trick for eliminating performance anxiety is avoidance. However, this does nothing but continue the fear. Acknowledging the fear and doing the task anyway is the most successful strategy. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘acceptance paradox’.


Step 4: Prepare

Whether you’re planning to attend a job interview, to chair a meeting, or strike up a conversation with someone you’re interested in, it helps to prepare first. You’re likely to have increased confidence if you have a plan and you don’t have to improvise when the adrenalin is pumping.




Preparation might involve:


Job interview

Conducting a mock interview beforehand, researching the job and the employer, being clear on what you have to offer the employer and why you want the job.


Seminar or presentation

Planning the talk, preparing aids such as cue cards, power point, practising out loud and getting feedback from someone who will listen, checking out the room where the presentation will be held beforehand.


Sitting an exam

Reading widely, targeted study, brushing up on exam techniques, looking at past exam papers.


Meeting new people

Observing how other confident people do it, knowing your body language and what works, knowing how to “do small talk”.



Step 5: Look at how your thinking can stress or calm you

People are extremely suggestible when they are anxious. Therefore if they’re engaging in negative self-talk they can bring about failure purely and simply because of what they tell themselves rather than responding to real external events. Likewise, engaging in positive and calming self-talk can help them to improve their performance and to act confidently.


If we put a tape recorder in your mind now I wonder what kinds of messages you would be giving yourself? Would we hear the inner critic or the inner fan club?


As human beings we often engage is unhelpful and self-sabotaging thoughts. Here are some examples:


“I just don’t fit in.”


“I’ve never been any good at study so I don’t know why that should change now.”


“Maybe if I’d enrolled in a Science course I would be doing better.”


“None of my lecturers like me.”


“I’ll never learn how to write well.”


“I don’t know why I have to learn this. I’ll never use it”

Note any that you particularly relate to and then:


Identify whether your thought is helpful or unhelpful.


Remember filling your head with scary thoughts diminishes your performance.


Replace unhelpful thoughts with calm thoughts.


Practice control and confidence.


Learn to relax so that when a stressful situation arises you will be in a calmer frame of mind to deal with it.



Chrysalis Courses Case study

At chrysalis courses we are always trying to develop and improve. It is great to hear from former students to see how they have used their qualification and how it has changed their lives.

David Lambert is a Chrysalis Courses graduate and has successfully changed his life from an IT professional to a fully qualified and accredited Counsellor and Hypnotherapist.

We have a number of different case studies which you can view on our website

Chrysalis courses takes a look at Barbies new body.

Last week chrysalis courses reported on the the changing body of Barbie. It was an article that instantly took me eye, as the week prior my childcare providor sent an email out saying they were banning Barbie and action man from their company, due to the effect it can have on young children with regards to gender stereotypes and body image.

So, I found it interesting that just a week later I should see an article about Barbie changing. I have had a look at the different Barbies that are on offer and initially i thought how great it was that Mattel, the makers of Barbie, were making such a positve change to the iconic shape of Barbie. But then I did some research.

It was only in 2014, that the Vice President of design at mattel defended the shape of Barbie. I thought back, and body image has been an issue for longer than two years, so why for one has it taken 2 years for any change to happen and two, why was this change not made years ago! Woman, and men, have been different shapes and sizes since the begining of time.

I then found out that the change is only happening in the fashionista range, still with a heavy focus on image. I have to wonder whether this actually does lessen the worries on a young childs body image?

We would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Please let us know in the comments below.

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