Hearing stories about conflict in other countries can bring up a number of feelings.
Rolling news about events such as the war in Ukraine and other conflict areas, can be overwhelming and leave us with a sense of helplessness at not knowing what to do.
Connecting with others
We can also feel empathy and sympathy for what our fellow human beings are going through.
Part of being human means we can connect with people we have never met, worrying about their situation and feeling their distress. It’s not unusual to feel different emotions at one time.
Fleeing a war-torn country is a very challenging thing for someone to do. People are forced to leave family members, homes, pets, jobs, and careers, as well as their social community.
Adjusting to being in a new country you didn’t necessarily choose isn’t easy. There may be many barriers to settling in, such as language and different cultural norms, like foods that are eaten.
In Jigsaw, we know how important youth workers can be in young people’s development. Youth workers play an invaluable role in promoting youth mental health.
They help young people access supports that contribute to their personal, emotional, social and educational development.
This article has practical advice for youth workers on how to support youth mental health and to help create a safe place where it is promoted.
We are delighted to team up with the Football Association of Ireland in a new partnership to help coaches and players nationwide through the One Good Coach campaign.
Promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools course is informed by emerging research, national and international policy, and best practice on promotion in schools. It has been developed in collaboration with young people, school leaders, and school staff.
This one hour online course for primary school teachers, has been developed by Jigsaw, in collaboration with ESCI – Education Support Centres Ireland.
The aim of the course is to increase the mental health literacy and skills of primary school teachers of 5th and 6th class pupils.
This 45 minute online course will introduce teachers to the concept of self-care.
It covers the importance of self-care in the life of a teacher, and ways to ensure it is a part of their teaching. You will receive a certificate of completion once you finish the course.
- Have a greater understanding of what self-care is
- Have a greater understanding of the importance of self-care in their role as a teacher
- Explore the challenges to supporting self-care practice
- Be more aware of their own self-care needs
- Be able to develop their own self-care plan.
For those who work or volunteer with young people, this course is for you. Sign up to our eLearning portal.
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The emotional ask of teachers and school staff has been significant since the start of the global pandemic. School staff have had to navigate their changing environment and support young people in their classrooms to do the same.
There are many reasons why self-care can drop down the list of priorities for school principals.
Multiple roles, busy lives, competing demands can extinguish our best intentions. However, if we want to encourage students and staff to mind their mental health, it is important to act as a role model in minding our own mental health and wellbeing.
Here are five practical ways to begin to consider your own self-care strategies:
School staff often juggle multiple complex tasks and demands. Therefore, a focus on staff mental health and wellbeing has become an increasing priority in the education sector.
Taking care of staff helps them to perform to the best of their ability. It ensures they are better able to support their students.
The global pandemic has created a wave of uncertainty, unknowns and change for all of us. Nowhere is this more evident than in schools.
As a principal or deputy, you have probably had to adapt and respond to the needs of your school community in many different ways.
We know that mental health and wellbeing is central to learning and for the cognitive development of young people. Being resilient, relationships and feeling connected to their school communities matter.
As educators, you play a critical role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students and school staff. But, to care for others it is vital that you and your staff are supporting your own mental health as well.