‘Mind Hacks’ is a series of workshops that have been developed and piloted by Helplink’s Garda vetted, insured and qualified Counsellors, Therapists and Mediators.
Helplink has provided our Mind Hacks workshops to 500+ students across Galway City and County during the 2017/18 academic year. It is our intention to at least double the amount of students availing of our workshops across Community Healthcare West (Counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon) over the next academic year and also provide some of the workshops online where they can be accessed nationally.
Twenty of our ‘Mind How You Go’ workshops for post-primary students were fully funded through the Electric Ireland’s Energy for Generations Fund last year, others have been funded via school contributions, parental contributions, PTA contributions, DEIS school funding, fundraisers and other local and national funding sources.
For more information and/or to book a workshop for your school/college please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (091) 759887.
‘Mind Hacks’ Workshop Outlines
Mind How You Go
We have two workshops under the title ‘Mind How You Go’ – one for primary school students and one for post-primary and third level students.
Primary School Workshop:
The ‘Mind How You Go’ workshops are one-hour workshops aimed at pupils from 4th class to 6th class.
The workshop is focused on mindfulness and positive mental health, where students will gain an insight into their thoughts and feelings (Max participants 32).
Each participant will get a booklet to take home that includes some tips for parents/caregivers on how to support their child in times of emotional unease/distress.
The workshop includes:
- Welcome and introduction (what is mindfulness and mental health)
- Warm up activity
- Learning about our brain and who lives where (house model)
- Feelings and our body
- Logical thinking/coping strategies (resetting your system e.g. movement, body scan, breathing)
- Mediation & Ending
Post-Primary and Third Level Student Workshops:
The ‘Mind How You Go’ workshops for post-primary and third level students are 2 hours long, they are aimed at 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th year students but can be adapted for 1st and 2nd year students on request; ‘Mind How You Go’ is also aimed at 3rd level students.
These workshops are also focused on mindfulness and positive mental health (Max participants 32).
The workshop includes:
- Discussion on the concepts of Stress and Anxiety and how they can impact us
- Introduction to Mindfulness and exercises to demonstrate how it can help us deal with our Stress and Anxiety
- Exploration of personal values
- Introduction to a new mental model in order to create awareness and flexibility in using all our mental skills
- Self-Care: Discussing the importance of minding ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally including creating an individual care plan for ourselves
‘Changing Conflict’ is a 3 hour workshop that has been developed by Helplink’s qualified, insured and Garda vetted Mediators. The pilot was originally developed and provided to students across Galway in partnership with the NUIG EXPLORE programme in 2016.
The aim of the workshop is to provide conflict resolution training to second level students in transition year and/or 5th year and third level (Max participants 32).
The programme can assist students with:
- Understand similarities and differences (exclusion and inclusion)
- Understand that perceptions vary and how to avoid bias
- Understand the nature of communication and the requirement to communicate effectively to resolve conflict.
- Realise that conflict is present and the need to deal effectively with conflict to ensure that all persons and interests are respected
- Learn that there is a requirement to engage in mechanisms and methods to resolve conflict
- Learn to undertake practice negotiation and a trial mediation
- Gain skills and training in active listening, better communication (two-way), cooperation with others as part of a team, appropriate assertiveness in resolving conflict etc.
‘The Voyage’ is an all day 6th Class Workshop, focusing on the transition from primary to secondary; all ‘Mind Hacks’ workshops for Primary Level are evidence based. The workshops utilise a combination of Art Therapy and Play Therapy therapeutic approaches; utilising directive methodologies. ‘The Voyage’ will provide an opportunity for each student to creatively explore their own individual feelings relating to the transition from Primary to Secondary school (Max participants 32).
Workshop Content Creative Process:
- Welcome and Introduction
- Large creative group piece – symbolically representing their voyage
- Individual creative work
- Further development of group piece
- Discussion and Creative closure
Method: Large group interactive piece, Individual creation, individual and group reflection.
Reflection on journey so far in primary school, exploring sense of self, acknowledging the process of change, promotion of creative expression, empowerment, strengthening peer relationships and understanding group dynamics, resilience and confidence building, self – reflection, enhancing self-esteem, coping with stress and anxiety and dealing with change and new beginnings.
Specialised Small Group Workshops
Our small Specialised Group Workshops are provided for 2 to 6 students maximum.
The workshop has an 8 week commitment, at 1 hour per week. Examples of some of these workshops where we have helped are when the school (primary and post-primary) identifies that children / young people are dealing with issues such as stress/ anxiety, bullying, bereavement of a fellow student, bereavement of family member etc.
- Primary school workshops are facilitated by our Play and Art Therapists
- Post primary school workshops are facilitated by Counsellors/Therapists who have worked with young people in the past
NB: Helplink has provided our Mind Hacks workshops to 500+ students across Galway City and County during the 2017/18 academic year. Some of these workshops were fully funded through the Electric Ireland’s Energy for Generations Fund, others have been funded via school contributions, parental contributions, PTA contributions, DEIS school funding, fundraisers and other local and national funding sources.
Click here to see a brief analysis illustrating the responses of students that have taken part in the Mind Hacks mental health workshops so far!
Finally, besides the workshops outlined over the next few pages Helplink has provided and continues to provide qualified Counsellors/Therapists to schools that utilise mentoring programmes under the School Completion Programme and/or direct counselling services for the students in general for more information on these services please email email@example.com or call us on (091) 759887