Jigsaw Schools Hub
Schools are a key setting for the promotion of youth mental health and wellbeing.
“Promoting the wellbeing of our children and young people is a shared community responsibility and is everyone’s business”. *Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice, DES, 2018-2023
Donna O’ Brien, has been teaching English and Religion for seventeen years, with a special interest in young people’s wellbeing. In this video, Donna talks to Anne Maree, Digital Education Coordinator, about the benefits of using the toolkit.
At Jigsaw, we know that learning and wellbeing go hand in hand and that a young person’s experience at school can shape the course of the rest of their lives. We support schools to adopt a whole-school approach through the provision of resources for teaching about wellbeing, up-to-date information and guidance for school leaders, a focus on staff self-care and a range of elearning options for school staff and parents.
Youth mental health and wellbeing toolkit
Jigsaw developed a youth mental health and wellbeing toolkit for school staff to build the mental health literacy of young people.
Section 1 will help define mental health and give students space to examine types of support.
Section 2 will support young people to understand what can help, and also challenge their mental health and wellbeing.
Section 3 will provide young people with the space to discuss the impact Covid-19 may have had on their school life.
Section 4 outlines ways to identify and explore feelings in the classroom. It also looks at strategies to manage feelings.
Section 5 helps students to think about their strengths. It also supports them to be hopeful about the future, using a strengths-based approach.
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