‘Mind Hacks’ is a series of school based workshops that have been developed and piloted by Helplink’s
experienced, Garda vetted, insured and qualified Counsellors/Therapists.
Helplink has provided our Mind Hacks workshops to over 1000 students across Galway City and County and Dublin so far!
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) and some areas of Dublin over the next academic year 2019/20.
Workshops are generally funded via school contributions, parental contributions, PTA contributions, DEIS school funding, fundraisers and other local and national funding sources. For more info and/or to book a workshop for your school/college please email us at email@example.com or call (091) 759887.
Some of our workshops have been kindly provided for free to schools or at subsidised rates through our funding support partners
i.e. Electric Ireland’s Energy for Generations Fund and Bons Secours Galway’s Community Fund.
‘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 students
Primary School Workshop:
The ‘Mind How You Go’ workshops are one-hour workshops aimed at pupils from 2nd 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 to 6th year students
but can be adapted for 1st and 2nd year students on request.
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
‘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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (091) 759887