The Issue

Child pregnancy rates (conceptions under the age of 18) have relatively plateaued in the last few years and remain the highest in Europe. In deprived areas such as some parts of North Nottinghamshire we know that some children are actually aspiring to become pregnant, because it is what their parents did or they think they cannot do or achieve anything else. We need to show them there is another way. We need to create choice, show girls other options in life and empower parents.

Unplanned and Teenage Pregnancy

Unplanned and Child Pregnancy

Child pregnancy rates, despite relatively decreasing year on year, remain high, with some parts of Nottinghamshire continuing to be regarded as ‘hot spots’ with rates of pregnancies under 18 being as high as 25 per 1000. That is 2.5 % of under 18s getting pregnant. We know that these are in the most part unplanned and unwanted as between 25-77% of these result in abortions.

Unplanned pregnancy rates across the world remain at an unprecedented level despite us knowing of the obvious impact on the environment. We are bringing this issue to the classroom and students are receptive and enthusiastic about the massive positive changes they can individually make to protecting our environment by carefully considering their own family planning and only aspiring to the planned wanted child.

Please see this video as one of the examples of those we use in our ‘Population and Babies’ workshop!

Unplanned and Teenage Pregnancy

Mental Health

When we asked students what they learned in our mental power workshops:

‘….coping strategies when I’m feeling anxious, low or stressed.’ Imi 14

‘…you should never give up no matter how hard it gets.’ Taylor 15

‘….to always help people when they feel down.’ Ed 13

The Children’s Society 2020 states: 1 in 8 children have a mental health condition, 75% of young people with mental health issues are not getting the treatment they need and 50% of all mental health problems emerge by age 14.

Mental health is poor. Rock bottom in fact in the wake of covid19. However it was certainly a huge issue before. Stickability, bouncebankability and resilience seem to be words that have been swallowed up in a pandemic of ‘talking about our feelings’ all the time.

But not at You Before Two! Our Mental Power Workshop, focusses on just that, POWER. We empower students to use different techniques to reframe their thoughts and create more positive feelings that in turn influence and enchance their behaviours and wellbeing. We teach that it isn’t about happiness. It is about making mistakes and bouncing back up and prioritising making healthy connections with good people over everything else.

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Please note that we only currently work within the North Nottinghamshire area. For more information on the areas we cover please visit our About Us page.

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primary and secondary schools

Despite the increasing evidence of the permanent neurodevelopmental harm that social media and device misuse is causing our young people, there remain schools and colleges that allow them in the school day. Please sign this petition to make school the safe haven it should be, away from the temptation of these highly addictive devices.

We are scrolling more and reading less. We are using quick fire, false-reward pathways in our brains that offer us no long lasting contentment or calm, rather than turning to activities that build sturdy self-rescuing pathways in our brains, like being with friends in person (without devices!) or reading a book in a cosy chair. It is by no trick or trap that we have ended up where we are. Time to make some changes!

Whether you are a parent or a teen, knowing these issues is a positive a step towards understanding them and preventing their worst consequences.

Knowledge is Power

Help is at hand

We are a new charity with a growing team of volunteers, but at present we do not have the capacity to address individual issues you might have. However, we have tried very hard within the resource hub to try and give you a list of ‘useful websites’ and organisations that are already out there to help you. Often it is just improving our education and reading about others who are in the same position, that can help us feel much better, so please do take a look.

We always welcome feedback however on ways you feel we could serve you better so please do not hesitate to contact us with your ideas using the form below.

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