Launching RISE Programme On International Childhood Cancer Day
Saturday 15th February is International Childhood Cancer Day, a global campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and to show support for children and adolescents with cancer, young cancer survivors and their families.
Which is why on International Childhood Cancer Day we are excited to launch our new RISE programme which helps children young people age 8-17 cope better with the emotional impact of cancer.
Improving Mental Health
We know that young people diagnosed with cancer are six time more likely to face mental health issues,
like depression and anxiety, than their peers. With the support of The Ireland Funds the aim of the RISE programme is to build: Resilient, Independent, Strengthened and Empowered Young People, helping to improve their mental health and well-being.
Some of the issues young people have told us they face include – uncertainty for the future, loss of friendship groups, isolation, anxiety, and changes in body image. Through the Rise Programme we will take a unique approach to tacking these issues head on.
What Is RISE?
The RISE Programme supports young people age 8-17 diagnosed with cancer and their siblings. First and foremost, the programme is led by young people for young people. Our work is intentional, focused and courageous and our team of Cancer Support Specialists will encourage young people diagnosed to open up and talk about their cancer with their peers.
Each young person supported through RISE will benefit from a tailored programme of individual support, residential group support which will take place in our Narnia Log Cabin, and individual follow up.
Young People taking part in the RISE Programme should develop improved coping skills and feel:
less isolated | more resilient | better able to express emotions | less anxious for the future
Our Young Ambassador, Zoe Gilmore who was diagnosed with a brain tumour age 15 has helped to shape the RISE programme. Zoe took part in a pilot along with a group of other young people last year. Speaking about her experience Zoe said,
“One of the biggest challenges I faced was feeling like I was being treated differently by my friends and family. Through the RISE Programme I got to meet other young people going through cancer and have fun. Nobody treated each other differently because of our diagnosis. We were all the same. It was amazing getting to know other young people my age, knowing that they have dealt with the same thing I had experienced. Thanks to Cancer Fund for Children I know how to express my feelings more, because bottling things up doesn’t help.”
Thank you to The Ireland Fund who are supporting the RISE Programme for the next two years. If you would like to find out more please contact our Community Services Manager, Neil Symington e: firstname.lastname@example.org.