Unable to find the information and support she needed when her mum and dad were going through a divorce, Emily Morris wants to help other young people whose parents are separating.
The 21-year-old from Birmingham hopes to show them they’re not alone, while encouraging adults to pay close attention to how a young person is coping with the break-up.
‘This is an issue I’m passionate about because my parents separated in 2012, and their divorce was finalised in 2014,’ Emily explains.
‘I found that I had little support at school.
'But, I noticed that if you were a younger age, you would have more support.
‘You can feel isolated and you need someone to talk to.
‘There are a lot of studies that describe the negative impacts of divorce, but more needs to be done to limit these effects.’
With Fixers, Emily has helped create a booklet aimed at young people from the age of 14.
As well as information about the legal process, it explains the potential reasons for divorce and the rights of young people caught up in a marriage breakdown.
It also offers suggestions on how to cope when parents separate and includes the personal stories of a number of young people who have been affected.
Read Emily’s booklet ‘It’s Not The End: Divorce Support For Young People’ below.
‘I really like the booklet,’ Emily says.
‘I feel it includes all the relevant information and breaks it down so it doesn’t overwhelm the reader.
‘I think it will help people.’
Emily plans to share her booklet with schools, social workers and GPs in Birmingham, asking them to distribute it to those who need it.
‘I hope the booklet helps schools to realise the effects of divorce, so they can make sure that young people have someone to talk to,’ she adds.
‘I would like it to help young adults understand the process, so they can feel informed about the way in which their parents’ divorce is likely to happen.
‘Overall, my message is that there is support for those going through this.
‘They are not alone.’
This project is supported by the Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF).
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