Emotional wellbeing and mental health pilot project
11/02/2014An emotional and mental health pilot project for post primary schools in Dungannon has been organised by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.
Dolores Kane, Primary Mental Health Manager with the ‘Just Ask’ Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), said that the project was offered to five post primary schools and staff were delighted to date with the response they have received.
“The project aims to promote and develop awareness of the emotional and mental health and wellbeing needs of pupils aged 11 to 16 years through the delivery of the 4-6 week programme. To date, around 270 children have availed of the programme which aims to build resilience, identify coping strategies and share information on support organisations. The project is part of the response to the Government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy 'Protect Life, A Shared Vision', the Promoting Mental Health Strategy, and the Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy which is under development.”
In addition, Just Ask CAMHS staff members have carried out training for teaching staff where they have been supported in their awareness of mental and emotional health presentations and relevant specialist services provided across the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area.
“‘Just Ask’ staff members have also provided awareness raising through presentations to parents in two post primary schools to date with more sessions planned in 2014. The programme is being delivered to four Armagh post primary schools beginning on 3 March. The Team will also attend a health and wellbeing fair at St Catherine’s College in Armagh on Wednesday 2 April,” adds Dolores.
Primary Mental Health Manager Dolores Kane (front row, extreme left) with ‘Just Ask’ Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service staff members, local teachers and parents prior to an awareness session