There is another side to the programme offering more – much more. Becky Hartwell, our Believe & Achieve Programme Coordinator, with the help of some young people, tells you all about it.
There is another side to our Believe & Achieve programme that doesn’t focus on events but offers a range of other support. Talking about a bereavement, getting past anxiety, thinking about your future with the impact of meningitis or trying to work out where you fit in life when someone close to you has had meningitis can be difficult.
That’s where we can help. Through Believe & Achieve we offer free counselling sessions for 14 to 25-year-olds who have been impacted by meningitis with a counsellor, local to where the young person lives.
One of the young people involved with Believe & Achieve told us this about the impact of her counselling sessions.
Showed it wasn’t my fault
“Counselling helped me because I was struggling to cope with why meningitis happened to me, what I had done so wrong to deserve to have had such severe meningitis and nearly lose my left leg and my life.
“Counselling helped me to see that it wasn’t my fault by giving me the power to believe in myself, a safe space to talk about my feelings and not feel judged.
“Counselling made me feel in control of my life and made me aware of my surroundings and different ways to cope with depressive episodes and anxiety attacks.”
Others who have taken part in counselling have expressed similarly positive views.
“It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be,” one said. “I’d built it up in my head. It wasn’t like the movies, in a good way.”
“I feel I have more confidence after going to counselling. I felt listened to.”
“I felt less stressed, I manage stress better and feel stronger. I stick up for myself and say ‘no’ now.”
“It’s made me feel a lot more positive, and not as pessimistic. It has given me a different outlook on how to deal with my problems.”
“My counsellor was able to explain why I felt a certain way, for example, past experiences, and provide techniques when my anxiety was overwhelming me.”
Tried, tested and beneficial
The feedback we get from those who request counselling through our Believe & Achieve programme is universally positive. So, don’t worry; it’s not like the counselling you see on the telly. It’s a tried, tested and beneficial experience and, if you think it would be good for you, or you just want to find out more, then get in contact with the friendly Believe & Achieve team at Believe&Achieve@meningitisnow.org.
Our Believe & Achieve programme is for 14 to 25-year-olds who have been directly or indirectly impacted by meningitis. It’s there to help you think about where you are in life, set and achieve goals, overcome challenges, make new friends, learn new skills, celebrate successes and ultimately, give you the confidence to believe in yourself.