‘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/Facilitators.
Helplink has provided our Mind Hacks workshops to over 1000 students across Galway City and County and Dublin so far!
For the 2019/20 academic year we will be providing our workshops in Galway, Mayo, Kerry and Dublin.
These workshops are generally funded via:
DEIS school funding
Local and national funding sources
For more info and/or to book a workshop for your school/college please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (091) 759887.
Some of our workshops in the 2018/19 academic year for DEIS schools were kindly provided for free or at subsidised rates through our funding support partners: Electric Ireland’s Energy for Generations Fund and Bons Secours Galway’s Community Fund:
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 Schools Workshop:
The ‘Mind How You Go’ workshops for primary schools are one-hour workshops aimed at pupils from 3rd class to 6th class (we can provide up to 4 one-hour workshops in one day, in order to support a full year of students).
Focus: this workshop is focused on mindfulness and positive mental health, where students will gain an insight into their thoughts and feelings and develop the knowledge/vocabulary needed to express their feelings in a constructive manner. Furthermore, they will learn multiple techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, build resilience and much more.
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 Schools Workshop:
The ‘Mind How You Go’ workshops for post-primary schools are two-hour workshops (we provide up to 3 two-hour workshops in one day, in order to support a full year of students) that are aimed at 4th & 5th year students.
Focus: these workshops are also focused on mindfulness and positive mental health, where students will gain an insight into their thoughts and feelings and develop the knowledge/vocabulary needed to express their feelings in a constructive manner. Furthermore, they will learn multiple techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, build resilience and much more.
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
Evaluations: Click here to see a brief analysis illustrating the responses of students that have taken part in some of our early post-primary Mind Hacks workshops in Galway!
‘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 (Post-Primary) school.
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.
Other School/Student Services
Besides the workshops outlined 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