The Weald Family Hub is a local community response to the challenge of mental ill health amongst young people. It brings local churches, schools and individuals together with Fegans, a highly respected charity that specialises in working with teenage mental illness.
Research from Public Health England suggests that 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosed mental illness. 1 in 10 self harm. 75% of those who need professional support will not receive it.
Locally, many of us have been personally affected by the issues of mental illness, anxiety and self harm amongst our own children, and those of friends and school mates. We know that these issues can only be faced and overcome as a community - no individual person or group has the whole answer.
The Hub will do two things: first to raise money to subsidise local schools to be able to access counselling for children who are in need of expert support; secondly to run a variety of parent support schemes to help parents and families as we bring children up in a complex and rapidly changing world.
Read more on the Goudhurst Church website
Fegans is the umbrella charity "Counselling children, supporting parents".