Mental Health

At Kibble we offer a holistic model of care that considers your emotional and psychological welfare to be as important as your physical health. Anxiety, anger, emotional instability, self-harm and psychological trauma can affect just about anyone, but evidence suggests that care-experienced young people experience these at much higher rates.

Poor mental and emotional wellbeing can have a huge impact on your life prospects, and our Specialist Intervention Service is designed to address this. It offers a range of innovative psychological interventions, including DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Art Therapy and Counselling that can help young people to deal with emotional regulation and anger management, or to deal with traumas in their lives.

It’s okay to feel sad, anxious or unhappy sometimes and you should never feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about how you feel. When you’re struggling with your feelings, the staff at Kibble are always there to listen in a sensitive and non-judgemental way. You can also access lots of great resources on mental health and wellbeing online, some of which we’ve listed below.

Physical Health

At the Kibble Open School campus in Paisley, we ensure that you enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle and diet. There is a Looked After Care (LAC) nurse based on campus to offer health guidance and support where needed. Care staff will also take you to and from healthcare appointments in the community.

Sport and recreation are an important part of our curriculum, as well as being essential to a healthy lifestyle, and the Kibble campus has football pitches, basketball courts, a gym, skate park and plenty more facilities to help you stay fit and keep healthy. We also run a number of different programmes and workshops throughout the year on everything from yoga to parkour—so even if you’re not a naturally ‘sporty’ type, you’ll find an enjoyable way to stay active.

Sports and exercise aren’t just an effective way of improving your physical health, they can also help to improve your mental health and overall well-being. Moderate exercise has been proven to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and can lead to increased energy levels, an increased attention span and better sleep. When you exercise, your brain releases a series of feel-good chemicals that trigger a positive feeling in your body, and it can also help to purge the chemicals that build up during times of stress. Just half an hour to an hour of exercise every day can be enough to feel the benefits on your mood and energy levels. You don’t have to be sweating it out at the gym either: any activity that raises your heart rate and warms up your body can count, from climbing a flight of stairs to walking to the shops.

Life Skills

Care-experienced young people, like all young people, need self-esteem and confidence if they’re to go out and face the world as adults. Every day we’re working to help young people develop the practical, social and emotional skills that will empower them to live independent, fulfilled adult lives.

The road to an independent adult life is different for every young person, and Kibble staff will work with you to develop a care plan that allows for varying degrees of independence, as and when you’re ready for it. From managing money, to preparing for exams, choosing a career or dealing with friends and relationships, we’ll be there to help you navigate the trickier parts of growing up. You can also access a host of great resources on life skills online:

  • Become is a Charity for children in care and young care leavers, and their site is full of useful advice on money, education, health and wellbeing. Visit the Become website, or give their advice line a call for free on 0800 0232033.
  • YoungScot is a charity providing information and opportunities for young people aged 11-26 in Scotland, with articles on everything from how to open a bank account to how to negotiate with your parents or carers.
  • Childline have an extensive range of tips, ideas and inspiration to help you feel more in control of your life, whatever’s on your mind. Visit their dedicated advice section.