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Happy Futures

Photo: Taking positive steps to support your child.

An online event to help support your child’s emotional health and wellbeing.

Deaf children are 60% more likely to experience mental health problems than hearing children. There are lots of reasons for this, including communication barriers and social isolation. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, life has been even more challenging for deaf children. But there are positive steps that parents can take to help.

That's why we're inviting you to our Happy Futures event, where you'll be able to learn more about supporting your child’s emotional health and wellbeing.

When and where?

Saturday 13 March 2021, 10am – 1.30pm

This is a live, online event that will take place on Zoom. Once your place is confirmed, we’ll send out all the information you need to join.

What's on offer?

  • Access to a range of workshops led by experts in the field of emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Insights from our Chief Executive Susan Daniels, and our Youth Participation team.
  • Real-life stories from parents on supporting their deaf children’s emotional wellbeing.
  • Deaf young people sharing their own journeys with mental health.
  • A chance to gain a better understanding of why deaf children and young people are more likely to experience mental health issues.
  • Practical advice to encourage good emotional health among deaf children.
  • Plus the opportunity to meet other families online.

Who can take part?

If your deaf child is aged 0-16 and you want to find out more about supporting their emotional health, then book today.

You’ll need access to a laptop, tablet or phone, with data or an internet connection.

More information – choose your workshops

There are four workshops on offer at our Happy Futures event. When you book, we’ll ask you to choose the two you'd most like to go to. 

We will do our best to accommodate your preferences, but due to limited capacity, we may need to suggest alternatives.

Workshop option 1:

Working with deaf children, young people and families to promote positive emotional development - with Tim Richardson

Tim will be sharing why deaf children experience barriers in their emotional development, the issues associated with this, and approaches designed to address these issues.

Tim Richardson, Deaf CAMHS Head of Operations, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Deaf CAMHS was established in 2009 in response to recognition that mental health services for deaf children were not targeted enough and this led to inequitable outcomes.

Tim has managed the Northern Arm of National Deaf CAMHS since 2010, having previously worked as a social worker in a variety of settings, the last being seven years with the NSPCC.

Workshop option 2:

Five Minutes’ Peace: a realistic guide to self-care for parents - with Sarah Krantz

You may be familiar with the Large Family series of books? Mummy Elephant wants some space for herself and struggles to get her five minutes peace.

Sarah recognises that the current pandemic situation has added to the load that all parents carry. This workshop will offer a safe space for mums, dads and carers alike to reflect on their own experiences and the particular challenges faced by parents of deaf children.

Sarah will provide simple suggestions of ways in which to gain much-needed moments of self-care and self-compassion.

Sarah Krantz, Psychologist and Psychotherapist

Sarah is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Integrative Psychotherapist and Mindfulness and Compassionate Practice teacher. She has over 13 years of experience working in private practice, voluntary agencies and the corporate space.

Sarah is also the mother of a deaf child, which puts her in the unique position of understanding the mental health challenges of parents with deaf children both from a personal and professional position.

Workshop option 3:

Little people, big feelings - why it’s important to help your child learn about and express their emotions, and how to help them do it – with Gwen Carr

Helping small children to recognise and understand emotions and express how they feel is really important. Research tells us that supporting and helping them develop the language to do this supports healthy social and emotional development, and later success at school.

Gwen Carr will be leading this workshop, which will look at practical strategies you will be able to use to support your child’s emotional development in everyday life, right from babyhood, and explain why they really matter.

Gwen Carr, Independent Consultant

Gwen is an independent consultant in the field of Early Hearing Detection. Previously she was a National Programmes Lead for antenatal and newborn screening, with a background in early deaf education.

Workshop option 4:

Healthy minds - a guide for parents with Martin Brown

Martin will be leading a one hour interactive online workshop that has been adapted from the original Healthy Minds Training Programme as a ‘taster session’ for parents. 

The aim of the session is to introduce you to the Healthy Minds Programme, which helps deaf children and young people address low self-esteem, isolation, stress and anxiety. In this session, we will introduce you to some techniques that you can try at home to help promote good self-esteem with your deaf child.

 Martin Brown, Training Officer, National Deaf Children’s Society

Martin is responsible for the development and delivery of our Healthy Minds Programme, having delivered it to over 1000 professionals. Tackling issues such as low self-esteem, isolation, stress and anxiety, the Programme encourages deaf children and young people to use positive strategies for dealing with change, managing their deafness, developing their confidence and building social skills.

Communication support

British Sign Language and community language support is available upon request. We can also provide live captions. Please do let us know via your booking form what communication support you will need to be able to attend.