Starting this September, a new non-talking therapy programme is being launched by Treetops Hospice Care, aimed at supporting young people who find it difficult to express their grief in words.

Treetops, based in Risley, offers a range of services including counselling and emotional support for adults, children and families. All services are provided free of charge.

Designed by Rebecca, age 11yrs

The Mollitiam Projx (Latin for resilience) is for young people, 11-17yrs, who have been significantly affected by the traumatic bereavement of a parent, carer or sibling.

Young people will attend six weekly group-based sessions with activities including animal therapy, drumming therapy, yoga therapy and complementary therapy to help the group understand grief and manage their feelings better.

Non-talking therapies offer a way of accessing, expressing and processing the most difficult and unspeakable feelings

Jules Kirk, Treetops senior families counsellor, explained more:

“We are very proud to be launching our new project for bereaved young people. It gives us the opportunity to reach those affected by traumatic bereavement, who are not quite ready to talk about their experience and offer them another way of processing their grief.

“Sometimes when you have been through a traumatic experience, it can be hard to articulate or process your feelings. With guidance, these non-talking therapies offer a way of accessing, expressing and processing the most difficult and unspeakable feelings.

“As the project is all group work, it will also give them the opportunity to be with other young people who have had a similar life event so they feel less alone or isolated.”

The Mollitiam Projx is available to young people who are registered with a GP practice in Derby city or the southern Derbyshire area, or have used Treetops services. Parents, carers and professionals can refer young people onto the programme and self-referrals can also be made by young people aged 13yrs or above.

Further information is available by contacting the Counselling and Emotional Support team on 0115 949 6944 or by emailing therapy@treetopshospice.org.uk

Funding for the new programme has come from the Hospice UK Masonic Charitable Foundation Hospice Bereavement Care Programme.

Treetops services include Support and Information, Wellbeing Space, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.