Supporting young people through grief and loss - YMCA DownsLink Group

Supporting young people through grief and loss

Young girl struggling with grief

Losing a loved one can be difficult and due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many of the young people we support may have experienced this recently. Coping with grief and loss can be one of the most difficult experiences anyone will have and for young people can be particularly difficult.

Focused on all things mental health, e-wellbeing is our NHS approved digital wellbeing service for young people. We provide tips, advice and support during lockdown and beyond, so young people can access the right tools for their emotional health and mental wellbeing.

While grief is something that we all go through at some point in life, it is different for everyone. A young person who is grieving during lockdown may be worried that how they feel isn’t the ‘right’ way to grieve or even be struggling with not being able to see or say goodbye to their loved one due to social distancing rules. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to grief.  e-wellbeing’s new module on Grief has been co-created with young people and senior therapists to provide compassionate support, advice and coping tools to help young people going through grief or who may be supporting someone else who has experienced loss. Within this module, we also signpost to Winston’s Wish – an organisation which specialises in supporting bereaved children, young people and their families.

Watch this short video from Charlotte, Humanistic Counsellor and Content Creator at e-wellbeing:

Click here to be taken to e-wellbeing’s new module on Grief.

For further information on our e-wellbeing website and our range of mental health resources for children and young people, visit


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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