Counselling for children and young people has a vital role in preventing mental ill-health. It is very easy for parents, teachers and other adults to identify signs and difficulties emerging in young people. Having identified these difficulties, there should be a straightforward process in place which allow the young person to be referred, with their consent, to counselling. Counselling has been shown to improve wellbeing and encourages young people to make more positive choices for themselves. When used in this way, counselling really is an effective, early intervention.
It is important to get support for young people early on. Acting quickly has the effect of alleviating immediate distress and lessening problems, or preventing them from becoming more complex.