DEAs Help to Build Resilience in Young Local People
Downpatrick, Rowallane and Slieve Croob District Electoral Areas (DEA) recently joined forces with YMCA to deliver a building resilience programme in seven primary schools across the district.
The programme, which focuses on addressing emotional wellbeing and confidence, was delivered over six sessions in each of the participating primary schools. The programme comprised of key components to develop resilient processes, creating opportunities for young people to increase knowledge, change behaviours and develop new skills.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey said, “Mental health is a priority that needs addressing amongst young people. Last year statistics showed there was a 21% increase in children treated for mental health issues in Northern Ireland. Stress can sometimes feel overwhelming and it is important that we teach young people how to cope when they are faced with difficult situations. Resilience is important as it helps achieve good mental health and wellbeing.”
Following the completion of the successful six week programme, all the participating schools came together on Thursday 9 January 2020 for a building resilience art workshop where the young people designed their own banner to reflect what they had learnt, which will then be displayed in their school. This workshop provided a further opportunity for young people to engage with others that they would not usually have the opportunity to meet and make new friends and connections.