Two teenage boys are having a discussion while sitting in a wellbeing lesson at school.

What we know

Research shows us that early traumatic experiences severely impact mental and physical health and wellbeing. Known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), these stressful situations include domestic violence, drug and/or alcohol abuse, familial mental health issues, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, separation, loss and incarceration of a family member.

For our younger generations, having poor values, rather than meaningful values, leads to feelings of ‘being lost’ – they are often very unhappy, with no real idea why.

Many young adults (aged 16-25) stand on the edge of care, falling between the gaps for mental, physical and social support.

How we can help

We are working towards Wakefield becoming a trauma-informed district – focusing on the cause, rather than curing an ever-growing symptom burden.

This starts with improved staff and patient awareness of the impact of ACEs – how they affect adulthood and the ways in which we can support change. It extends into schools – where we will run programmes which hand children the tools they need to self-regulate – to understand their emotions, take steps to manage them for the better and, ultimately, to be happy.

And beyond the school gates, our community and statutory partners will identify and implement a service to provide better support for young adults.

All of which will be complemented by increased availability of psychological therapies (iAPT).

If you would like to learn more or be involved in this work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.