• 22Apr

    Grief: Support for young people – PIF Best Poster Competition Entry 2016

    At the PIF Annual Conference on Wednesday 25 May 2016 we will be holding our Best Poster Competition.  Entries to the competition will demonstrate partnership working to improve healthcare information and support.

    The best judged poster on the day, as voted for by delegates, will win a prize. Over the next few days we will be showcasing the entries to the competition. We start below with a submission from Child Bereavement UK.

    You can find out more details about the conference and how you can attend here: www.pifonline.org.uk/2016-conference

    Grief: Support for young people

    Child Bereavement UK’s poster describes the rationale behind and development of a free app for bereaved young people.  The app was created by bereaved young people attending Child Bereavement UK’s Young People’s Advisory Group and was developed in response to the lack of accessible resources aimed at their age group.

    The app includes information about bereavement and grief and what to expect, including likely thoughts and feelings and how to help yourself.  It also provides messages from young people and shares individuals’ experiences in the form of films, personal stories and direct quotes.  The app contains information that the young people felt important to convey to others and in particular targets their bereaved peers and those caring for and supporting them.

    Importantly, it outlines how young people can access support in various other formats ranging from information (both general and local) to direct face to face support. The poster also details what this project has taught us about young people, how they grieve and how best to involve them in providing support for other young people. To date the app has been downloaded in over 40 countries worldwide.

    Presenter:          Dr. Katie Koehler,  Assistant Director of Bereavement Services
    Organisation:     Child Bereavement UK