I’m Ben and I am 13…

"The course has shown me that there is something you can do you can keep going and you will find land eventually. At first, I was really scared to come into the course, but when I did eventually on the second day, everyone was really friendly. I have learnt lots of things. For example, I have new healthy thoughts with things I should be thinking, instead of what I normally think. I’m not so scared about going back to school now. My goal is to go back to school."

… And this is my story

There is something you can do you can keep going and you will find land eventually. At first, I was really scared to come into the course, but when I did eventually on the second day, everyone was really friendly. I was surprised because it was much better than I thought it was going to be. I thought it would be like school but it wasn’t. It was calmer and the trainers were better and more fun than at school. It wasn’t boring.

I have learnt lots of things. For example, I have new healthy thoughts with things I should be thinking, instead of what I normally think. I’m not so scared about going back to school now although I haven’t been there in 3 weeks. I used to be worried about going back as it worried me being around people, what to say to people and thinking that other people are going to think I am stupid. I was worried about other students making fun of me and talking behind my back but now I think it school is not that bad. When I first came here I was worried about not having any friends but it has been OK. People have been nice and it is good because there is a mix of ages, 13-18.

My favourite game was the Lego on because we got to build stuff. I learnt how to communicate instructions. I now feel more confident about communicating when I meet other people. Just coming here, getting out of the house has really helped. The marketing exercise was fun and made you think. I think I would like to be a zoo keeper.

The first time I came in was a really hard moment. Coming in, is still a hard thing to do. Today I was really worried because I was a little bit late but I have now got the courage to just do it.

My goal is to go back to school and I am going to try going back to school on Thursday. If I don’t make it, I’m not going to give up. I am going to try again on Friday. And then I am going to try going to school every day until I make it. I am worried about going in late if the traffic is bad but will just try and leave earlier.

I would recommend this course. I told my head of year 9 that the course is good. I said it was helping me build my confidence up. I am doing some individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy counselling and this course talks about the same stuff and it goes together. The course has helped me understand the individual counselling better.

June 2017