Ossory Youth offers a service called Teen Between, a free ‘listening’ service for young people, aged 12-25, whose parents are separated or divorced.
This time of year can be particularly hard on families who have separated and are trying to keep things fair and equitable, when it comes to how children’s time is spent over the holidays, who gets the best presents and the most treats.
Teen Between is a confidential service dedicated to young people and provides a nonjudgemental listening ear in a safe space, so that affected young people can explore their feelings, develop positive coping strategies and increase their emotional language to enable them to cope better and understand the changes that have happened to their family circle.
Adults can go for counselling to get support in times of crisis, but young people are often left without a significant adult who can remain impartial in a family breakup and are unsupported as they try to muddle their way through, experiencing anger, frustration and a lack of power when it comes to decisions about who they want to live with and the kind of relationship they want with each parent.
Usually if a teenager were asked who they would go to when things are difficult, they would say “their friends,” but friends can be overwhelmed by something as complex as a marriage breakup, or sometimes the young person does not want to share the fact that their parents are no longer together and is living with an upsetting secret. Teen Between can be available across the county, dependant on need and availability of a meeting space.
Ossory Youth is open until December 21 and reopens again on January 8.
For more information about the service or to make an appointment, contact the Youth Information Co-ordinator Ossory Youth and ask for Jane on 056 7761200, drop in to Desart Hall on New Street, Kilkenny, or see www.teenbetween.ie.