Exploring Emotional Health


Exploring Emotional Health is an essential resource for anyone involved in Youth Ministry.

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On average, three children in every class at school are affected by a mental health problem. Did you know …
• It is estimated that half of all mental health problems manifest before the age of 14 years old
• Child and adolescent mental health services are turning away approximately 25% of children referred to them for treatment
• Only 0.7% of the NHS budget is spent on children’s mental health
• 2 in 5 young carers have a mental health problem
• 1 in 12 young people self-harm

Youth leaders recognise that issues around emotional health are growing and research shows that young people want to talk about it!

In her debut book, Exploring Emotional Health, author Liz Edge provides key information and six ready-to-go workshops covering: self-esteem; anxiety; depression; self-harm; and identity and coping with emotions, to enable even the busiest of youth leaders to provide effective support in building resilient young people.

Liz says: “This book was born out of identifying personally and professionally the need to support youth leaders and young people in exploring emotional health and faith. Each workshop is the start of an ongoing conversation that we must engage with in our practice.”

Liz Edge is a professionally qualified Youth Work Practitioner, holding a First-Class BA (Hons) degree in Youth Work and Ministry with JNC accreditation. She has worked with young people across a wide range of Christian and other settings and now delivers innovative youth work through education, training and intervention.


Additional information

Weight 0.182 kg
Dimensions 15.5 x 23.5 cm







  • This book is a must have resource for those working with young people -Liz’s sessions are practical, inclusive and adaptable for a variety of settings. Highly recommended.

  • This resource can be used in so many different contexts – small groups, one to one and in prayer spaces, and for larger groups. Very well written and with lots of notes to help explore the variety of emotional issues young people face today. Can be used with teenagers from church or non church context too. Some adults may benefit from using this.

  • Liz writes openly, honestly and professionally. Helping practitioners to think about practical ways in which they can respond to current and relevant issues young people face in regards to their emotional well-being. Liz tackles challenging subjects with much wisdom and has written the book to be user friendly. The resource can be used in many contexts and with helpful notes it is easy to pick up and deliver sessions. Liz enables workers to be able to respond confidently to emotional well-being struggles a young person may be having and this book could easily be used to support adults too. I look forward to the next book liz writes.

  • If you’re looking for a resource that gives clear and concise information on emotional health, without any waffle or psychobabble, then this is a book for you. If you want to see the church become a place where an individual’s fears, worries and concerns can be openly shared and jointly carried, then this is a book for you. If you want to seriously consider how Jesus wrestled with and overcame distress and emotional turmoil, then this is a book for you. What’s more you will feel lighter for reading these reflections from Liz Edge; reassured by the knowledge that emotional health is a challenging beast for all of us, and encouraged by the truth that hope and possibilities for change are alive.

    I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any youth worker or relevant professional.

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