Self-harm is an issue facing lots of young people today. In our fast-paced, highly pressured society, we know the mental health and wellbeing of our young people is a hugely important issue and one we must try our best to protect. For some children, such as Ayelet, who you can read about in the enclosed leaflet, typical teenage issues can be compounded by a difficult home situation.
Unemployment in their Israeli town had hit Ayelet’s family, and while her parents struggled to make ends meet, Ayelet’s emotional needs were being neglected. She felt excluded from her peers at school and thought she had nowhere to turn. Sadly, she turned to self-harm to escape her challenging reality. Fortunately, Jewish Child’s Day works with partner organisations in Israel, UK and across the world to support children like Ayelet.
These charities work closely with schools and local authorities to intervene and provide additional support in situations such as this one. In Ayelet’s case, she was recommended to take part in a mentoring programme supported by Jewish Child’s Day. Through the support of her mentor and supervising professionals, Ayelet has been inspired to find another, safer way to express her frustrations and fears.
Through art, Ayelet is growing in confidence and self-esteem and learning appropriate coping strategies to equip her with skills for life.
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