Wellbeing Programmes

The following wellbeing programmes will be provided for children aged 8- 12 years & their families in the Western and Southern Trust areas under the Family Wellness Project.

Leaflet-cover-actualProvoking Thought

Delivered by: Action Mental Health Mensana
Provoking Thought aims to help children between the ages of 10 and 12 improve their mental health and equip them with skills to cope better with everyday life events. Content include bullying, exam stress, confidence and self-esteem, suicide and self harm. Ideal for schools (P7 and/or Year 8) as duration and content can be adapted to suit the timetable. Provoking Thought for parents/carers also available.

healthy-me-elementsHealthy Me

Delivered by: Action Mental Health Mensana
Healthy Me aims to help young people from 8 to 11 years old. Healthy Me is a vibrant and engaging mental health promotion programme aimed at children which explores emotional/mental health, healthy lifestyle choices and pathways to effective support through imaginative and interactive play and song. Healthy Me positively promotes mental health and social and emotional wellbeing in children and has a strong focus on prevention and self-help.  Ideal for schools (P5-P7) as duration and content can be adapted to suit the timetable.

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Delivered by: AWARE
This is a programme which can make a big difference to your life. It can help you manage your feelings when you are stressed, worried or depressed and learn simple practical skills to help you cope with life’s challenges.

This is a six-session programme using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) concepts – the most evidenced-based talking therapy for people affected by low mood, anxiety or depression. The programme has been developed by Dr Chris Williams, professor of Psychiatry at University of Glasgow and a recognised expert in developing self-help resources based on CBT. It introduces participants to the ‘Five Areas Approach’ which illustrates that events and situations in our lives affect how we think, how we feel, how we behave and also affect us physically. Thinking and behaviour are the two areas that we have most control over, if we tend to think and/or behave in extreme and unhelpful ways, it can adversely affect the other areas and lead to us getting caught in a ‘vicious circle’. The programme therefore focuses on how we can challenge and change our thinking and behaviour in order to turn the circle into a ‘virtuous circle’. The programme is delivered by experienced facilitators who will ensure that you get the most from the course and start Living Life to the Full.

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Delivered by: AWARE
This is delivered to the general adult population, including those affected by depression, in a range of settings such as community venues and workplaces. The programme lasts approximately two and a half hours.

It gives participants knowledge and skills which can be used to maintain or regain good mental health and build resilience to deal with life’s challenges.

The programme is based on cognitive behavioural concepts and introduces the ‘Five Areas Approach’ which participants use to challenge and change unhelpful thinking and behaviour in order to make a positive difference to their lives.It also features the ‘Take5 for Your Emotional Wellbeing’ which focuses on the five most evidenced ways of looking after our mental health i.e. Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give and teaches us how we can build these into our everyday lives.

Content includes:

  • What is mental health?
  • Things that affect your mental health
  • Mental health problems and mental illnesses
  • Signs and symptoms of depression and stress
  • Looking after your mental health
  • Where to get help if you need it
  • How AWARE can help

Aware Yellow Supporting Children with Anxiety

Delivered by: Aware NI

This is a short interactive programme gives parent and carers some basic information and guidance about how to look after their mental health and that of their children. There is a particular focus of recognising the signs and symptoms of anxiety/stress – tips on how to deal with it and sources of help. Programme content also includes activities based on ‘Take5’ or ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ i.e. Connect, Be active, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Give – the most evidence based ways of looking after our mental health.

There is an opportunity for discussion and for participants to share things that they find helpful for themselves and their children.

Quote from a parent who attended the workshop: “I just wanted to let everyone involved in it know what a big help it was for me. It provided me with a lot of very helpful information which has been really beneficial.”

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AWARE Mindfulness Programme
Mindfulness is the most recent service offered by AWARE. Research has shown that Mindfulness has significant benefits for health and well-being. Clinical evidence also says that Mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety for those with the illness of depression. It enables people to learn the skills that prevent the recurrence of depression. Mindfulness is a skill for life. By developing this skill you will explore and discover and become more aware of your feelings, thoughts and emotions – and begin to live your life in the present, where peace resides.

Our sessions are built on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy created by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale.

This Mindfulness Programme is suitable for people over the age of 18.