This grant will help Edward’s Trust to become more accessible to bereaved children and young people in Birmingham, helping them to cope better with their grief. Our counselling support will be delivered across Birmingham, including in schools, to reduce the travel time spent away from education.
When our beneficiaries first come to Edward’s Trust, they have high levels of anxiety, feel as though they can’t talk to anyone and have low wellbeing. Mental health problems can be caused by or exacerbated by bereavement, and prolonged grief can include “significant emotional distress and changes to a person's level of functioning”. Research studies have shown higher incidences of physical health problems among bereaved children including headaches, asthma, and concentration difficulties.
The children, young people and parents supported by this funding will receive therapeutic bereavement counselling delivered to the highest standard and at their convenience. We have established an outreach centre in North Birmingham, and we want to increase how many school-aged children are supported in their own schools. We will also provide support over the telephone or online for those who find travelling to our Edgbaston premises difficult on a regular basis.