Just in time to help celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week, the AMH team recently revisited Artigarvan Primary School in County Tyrone, capturing a short video charting how Action Mental Health’s Little Healthy Me and Better Together programmes, are continuing to help the school community of staff, parents and children better manage their mental health.
Little Healthy Me positively promotes mental health and social and emotional wellbeing in children and focuses on prevention and self-help. Targeted at 4 -7 year olds, it is a refreshing interactive and fun 3-hour workshop, delivered over 3 sessions by experienced AMH MensSana and AMH OUR Generation project workers.
Principal, Judith Harper said, “We became involved with AMH during lockdown when their facilitator came into the school and worked with the children, right up to P7 with both Little Healthy Me and Better Together programmes. They have gained so much from these sessions and I would recommend them to anyone.”
Emma McCartney from AMH OUR Generation said, “The children loved taking part in the video and showed how much they had learned since our last session, setting up peer mentors to help each other and encourage inclusion and diversity at school.”
Teacher Alison Preston said, “ The pupils were very engaged, listening to what the facilitator had to say. They are comfortable sharing thoughts and feelings and by the end of the 4-week course ten P5 peer mentors knew how to adopt their roles. Importantly, the programme has helped us to confidently identify the wellbeing of the children. They look out for and help each other, share kindness together and know who to turn to if they need help.”
Parent Joanne Kerr, who took part in an AMH wellbeing event last year, found the session to be extremely helpful with excellent support from well-informed staff. She said, “The learning session looked at parents’ wellbeing and the importance of taking time out to return to family life refreshed. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup!”
AMH MensSana and OUR Generation also provide alternative programmes for both primary and secondary education age groups as well as sessions for parents, carers and staff.
These unique programmes are available across Northern Ireland. The programmes are designed to be diverse but inclusive and have a broad appeal across all age groups. For more information or to book a session please visit:
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