Support & Resources

23 Jul 2014

Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

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International Pupil’s View of Post Primary

International Students – Principal Interview

SAMs Project

Carrick P.S – Pupil interviews

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), Newry, Northern Ireland

An animation film made by and with young people who attend the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Newry.

Transition Powerpoint for Year 7

The following PowerPoint was created by Year 8 pupils to be presented to Year 7 pupils to help prepare them for their big transition into Post Primary School:

>> Download: Transition Powerpoint for Year 7 (.pptx)

Interview with a School Counsellor

“Counselling is a way of helping young people through a process of talking, listening and empowerment. Young people are provided with a safe place to express their feelings and thoughts about what they perceive to be an issue in their life. Counselling can help young people to understand themselves and their situation better. It can give them new ways of coping with issues that cause them upset therefore increasing their capacity for learning. Successful counselling is based on trust, self-motivation and commitment.” iMatter

If you need help the School Counsellor is there to listen and give support. In this short video a counsellor answers questions raised by other young people about the school counselling service and how it can help you.

All pupils of post-primary age in grant-aided schools have access to counselling which is independent of the school. This service is facilitated by the Independent Counselling Service for Schools (ICSS).

Support is a vital part of school transition. It clan cover careers, life skills, counselling or a number of other areas.

Education is a huge part of school transition. There is huge pressure on exams. As you go through this stage it is important that we have support and it is important to know we are not alone as at this time, it can be a difficult time.

Examples of support within school are Year Heads, Form teachers, Subject teachers, Pastoral Care Team and Careers Teachers. They know our strengths and weaknesses and know exactly how to help.

Asking family or friends is another great form of support as they are the people who know you best. They also want the best for you and never like to see you struggle.

If you feel that you need a little more support the School Counsellor/Education Welfare Officer is there to give you helping hand.

There are also a lot of ELB Agencies who know exactly how we feel and are there to give us quality advice on how we can get support and keep calm during this hard period. If you are the type of person who struggles to talk or ask people for advice and support, you can do it individually and personally through the internet. You can find many websites and links which support you in your educational needs, as well as your emotional needs as this transition can be emotionally demanding and can take a lot out of us. It can cause tension between friends and also family and this can be upsetting. This upset feeling can cause us to loose our focus and can make this transition even more stressful.

So from this we can see that support is one of the most important parts of school transition. We need support. We can not do it on our own, we will only make it harder.

School is Cool for Everyone

Bella’s Boring Day

Bella is Back

Lesson Plan – School is Cool for Everyone

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>> Download: School is Cool for Everyone lesson plan (.docx)

Pam Powerpoint Presentation

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