But a phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear that can affect anyone. These fears can have an incapacitating effect on someone and have a detrimental effect on their life and mental health, something which was featured on Radio 2 recently.
Not only is the experience itself horrid and terrifying, but it can make you feel out of control and overwhelmed leading to stress, anxiety and depression.
Many people with phobias will go out of their way to avoid a situation where they might have to face their fear. This avoidance technique, which at first seems effective, can significantly impact how they live their life.
Social Phobia, which covers a range of fears, can be a specific situation like public speaking right along the scale to completely withdrawing from any social contact. BYHP works with a number of young people suffering with Social Phobia conditions like travelling on public transport, communicating in large groups and attending a job interview.
BYHP offers counselling and runs a Peer Support group every Wednesday evening. This group provides our young people with an opportunity to make friends and build a support network, so that they do not have to face some of these personal challenges alone.
At the beginning of 2016 we launched a “Face Your Fears” Campaign to encourage our local community to face their fears, gaining a greater understanding of what many of our young people go through on a daily basis and help raise much needed funds for our charity.
The campaign began with Beverley Bates, who is scared of heights and flying, being subjected to a number of tricks in a stunt plane. Beverley raised over £1400 pounds for BYHP.
To see just what she endured to face her fears and to help BYHP, here is the video:
Members of staff and brave BYHP supporters who are afraid of spiders, snakes and heights have all agreed to face their fears this year. If you would like to get involved with a Face Your Fears event, or help raise funds by tackling a personal fear, then do get in touch. We have specialist external support specifically focused on phobias who, along with our trained counsellors, can help you get over the debilitating effects of a phobia.
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