School Work

The Family Wellness Project is bringing Action Mental Health's Provoking Thought and Healthy Me programmes to schools in the Southern and Western Trust areas. Programmes aim to allow children and young people to explore issues around mental health and emotional wellbeing, healthy lifestyle choices and pathways to support.

Children's Mental Health Week 2019

The Family Wellness Project provided Aware's 'PAWS B' programme during Children's Mental Health Week to enthusiastic groups of children from St. Columcille's, McClintock and Roscavey Primary Schools in Co. Tyrone. Pictured here with Aware's facilitator, Janine Loughran and the Family Wellness Coordinator, Carmel Rooney.

Children's Mental Health Week 2018

Alongside the online resources for families, to celebrate Children's Mental Health Week the Family Wellness Project planned activities for schools in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone area. 

During the week Holy Trinity Primary School Enniskillen, Enniskillen Model Primary School and Enniskillen Integrated Primary School participated in art workshops with Anne-Marie from The Funky Junk Workshop


Children used the workshops as an opportunity to decorate a mask with the unique qualities that make them themselves. All the artwork produced will go on display in Fermanagh House, Ennskillen on Saturday 10th February 10am – 12 noon where children, families and friends are invited to come along and view the children’s creations. All artwork will remain on display until the end of February.

Holy Trinity Primary School, Enniskillen

Enniskillen Integrated Primary School

Model Primary School, Enniskillen

"[The] workshop with P6K was excellent and well received by everyone. The children were very enthused. Thank you for including us." W Glass, Enniskillen Model Primary School Principal

Provoking Thought in Holy Cross College, Strabane

149 pupil completed the Provoking Thought workshop in February 2016. 138 of those pupils returned evaluations to tell us about what they got out of this mental health awareness workshop.

96% had improved knowledge
90% would recognise signs and symptoms
91% would be confident in getting help
96% would help a friend or family member
92% would know where to get help
93% would like further awareness training

Healthy Me in St Mary's Primary School, Strabane

In February and March 2016, P5, P6 and P7 pupils at St Marys Primary School Strabane took part in the ‘Healthy Me’ Programme.

What does it mean to be healthy?
Children are asked to choose from a range of possible answers referring to both mental and physical health.

Having good mental health
Feeling happy
Being able to cope with problems
Feeling good about myself