AN AWARD-winning online resource is using this week’s national Children’s Mental Health Week to highlight the vulnerability of young boys and the issues they face.
Insight4Life is already being used in schools across the UK, giving confidential, expert advice to youngsters on a whole host of subjects while also giving them support information and coping mechanisms.
And now the experts behind the website have revealed that almost twice as many teenage boys as girls are flagging up suicidal feelings and are looking for help and support.
Under its brand name Zumos, Insight4Life gives young people access to peer reviewed motivational support, in forms ranging from web links to suggested readings.
A study of what young people are using the site for reveals that twice as many boys than girls are looking at advice around bulimia and on how to tell someone they are being sexually abused.
Youngsters of all ages are also accessing information about wanting to lose weight and how to cope with self-harming.
Zumos covers a vast range of subjects, meaning that any youngster who feels they have nowhere to go or is too frightened to ask for help can get vital information and support.
Insight4Life is being used in a number of schools, which are able to control the information that can be accessed and which are also given statistical information about the kind of problems their pupils are highlighting.
The Zumos programme has already won a number of awards and has been praised by OFSTED for the level of the information, advice and guidance it provides saying that it offers “a holistic perspective much more detailed and far more advanced than normal information, advice and guidance services.”
Gary Siva, Chief Executive of Insight4Life, said that having one website dedicated to helping young people with support for all of their problems was proving extremely popular.
“Children’s Mental Health Week flags up the emotional issues that a lot of young people are going through and how many of them are in need of help and support,” he said.
“Through our Zumos programme young people are able to get expert advice in confidence on all of the issues which are affecting their lives.
“This is also about empowering them, showing them ways to make them more confident and to give them lessons which will see them through life.”
The success of Insight4Life has seen its founders being asked to roll it as far afield as Italy and China.
The organisation is also now looking at developing a programme for primary school children and for adults.
“There are so many issues affecting people of all ages that they are often too frightened to ask about,” said Gary.
“What we offer is expert advice in a range of formats to give people the power to take charge and find a way through whatever is worrying them.”
For further information visit www.insight4life.co.uk