ABOUT OUR STUDENT WORKSHOPS
Our accredited, qualified and Garda vetted Therapists have developed and facilitated our in person mindfulness, positive mental health and emotional wellbeing workshops to primary, secondary and third level institutes since 2016.
These workshops have now been re-developed for use online with the Mind Hacks platform by Helplink’s Counsellors/Therapists.
Our 2nd and 3rd level student mental wellness and resilience building workshops are designed to be available 24/7 for the student!
We designed them this way as there are lots of stress and anxiety reduction, resilience building and other exercises that they may want to repeat; in their own time!
The cost to licence these workshops for secondary schools and third level institutes per year is €200.
The licence lasts for 10 months for students once activated!
Our primary school level workshop, The Voyage is a in school based workshop that runs over 6 days (half an hour each day).
There is no extra training needed for teachers!
Educators simply login to The Voyage workshop on this platform each day via their class whiteboards, projectors, etc.
Once students have completed the workshop they will be given a code by their teachers and then can log on and do the exercises again and again in their own time over the next 10 months!
The cost for The Voyage workshop per school is €200.
The Voyage is a workshop designed to support children’s emotional wellbeing during their transition from 6th class in primary school into secondary (post-primary) school. By Helplink Mental Health
Supporting Primary School Student’s Emotional Wellbeing Transition from Primary to Post Primary School.
The Voyage is a workshop designed to support children’s emotional wellbeing during their transition from 6th class in primary school into secondary (post-primary) school.
It is an alternative to the in person The Voyage workshop that has been provided by the mental health charity Helplink Mental Health (www.helplink.ie) for three academic years to >500 6th class primary school students.
The Voyage utilises a combination of Art Therapy and Play Therapy therapeutic approaches and is focused on the student’s voyage/emotional wellbeing, for the transition from primary to secondary school.
Art provides a creative way of exploring and understanding life experiences. For centuries, people have used art to express themselves, communicate with each other, process events and tell stories. As humans we have an innate ability to create art and making art can be a fun way to relieve stress and can lead to positive self-expression. Self-esteem and confidence can be boosted when children (and parents!) are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively.
Transitioning from Primary to Secondary school is a time of huge transition for students, coupled with the current COVID-19 pandemic, you may be experiencing uncertainty and increased apprehension/anxiety. Allowing time in the day to focus on creative expression, be it painting, writing, drawing, working with natural materials or keeping an art journal can help us to artistically express what we are experiencing/feeling.
The following activities can be practiced at home (after you have completed the course in school) and require basic art materials that can be accessed in most homes. No artistic ability is necessary to complete the activities. The focus is to allow a space to express yourself creatively and there is no wrong or right way to do them, they only require a willingness to participate.
The goal is not to create beautiful pieces of art, the aim is to become immersed in the activity itself and allowing yourself to focus in the present moment!