Why PYO Started

Pick Your Own recognises that there are a significant number of young people who are isolated and a bit stuck. These are difficult times and many state that our young people are in a mental health crisis. 

There has been a lot of work done to address the stigma of mental health, raise awareness and encourage young people to seek help. As with all new ideas and language it can take a while to be properly understood and at the moment the language of depression and anxiety is everywhere. Pick Your own understands that essential in all this, young people need a relationship in which they feel safe and listened to and where they can explore their own needs and identify how they want to be supported.

Whilst there are a number of young people needing clinical mental health interventions there are others who would benefit from a less formal and more flexible kind of support.  Pick Your Own offers warmth and friendship, time and attention and the practical and emotional support needed to work towards each young person's best hopes. 

Coaching helps young people to recognise their own strengths, resources and resilience, their competency and  achievement and how to tap into these to support their hopes and realise possibilities. It can help young people shift their focus from negative self framing to understand and manage feelings of anxiety, worry and low confidence.

The benefits of physical, creative activity and learning opportunities are well documented. It is also known that connecting with others, building relationships and giving, as well as, receiving support is good for our wellbeing and helps us to feel better about ourselves. Pick Your Own offers all this and more.

January 2020