A resource for exploring mental health issues with young people

The Mind Your Head Programme was compiled by the Youth Work Ireland Cork (YWIC) and Health Action Zone (HAZ) Project Gurranabraher Churchfield. The partnership ethos used in creating the programme has continued solidly for the last ten years with HAZ and YWIC jointly steering the project to always maintain focus on its main aim of raising awareness and understanding of the importance of good mental health, to give accurate and clear information, and provide a safe and supportive space for young people to explore their concerns and ideas about their own mental health. Partnership working has also allowed us to bring in expertise from other partner organisations including Cork Local Drugs Task Force and the Cyclone REP Theatre Company: Anti Bullying Play.

Health Action Zone

The Health Action Zone is a Health Service Executive project set up to explore barriers to accessing services and to involve local people in the design and delivery of community health initiatives. Thus Health Action Zone aims to improve the health and lifestyle of an area through a series of health focussed initiatives that build on existing health services and community facilities.
The Health Action Zones (HAZ) were established in 2002 by the Health Service executive, in response to a City Council programme called RAPID (Revitalising Areas through Planning, Investment & Development).
The HAZ initiative was evaluated and mainstreamed in 2006. Today there are 5 HAZ areas, each with a designated Community Health Worker.

The community health workers role is to act as a resource to local communities and other professionals in relation to the HAZ development, oversee the development of the HAZ initiative locally and develop and implement the delivery of health programmes in each area using community development principals and working with the local community and other primary care professionals


We are a not for profit organisation working with young people from the Gurranabraher/Churchfield area and city wide (Cork). Our mission, to provide a community based response to young people’s needs by offering them the opportunity to contribute to, and participate in, social education, artistic and recreational activities.
We provide a community based response to young people’s needs by offering them the opportunity to contribute to and participate in social education, artistic and recreational activities. Some of the weekly groups we offer are soccer groups, art groups, music lessons, band group, youth cafés, boys/girls groups, Teen Gym, Rapping and more. YWIC also provide two listening services.

One service is know as here4U & the other is known as Steps2Cope.
Please see www.ywicork.com for more info.

Designed specifically for youth workers, youth leaders, peer educators
  • This is a resource for exploring mental health issues with young people. It is designed specifically for youth workers, youth leaders, peer educators, and others working with young people. It is made in an accessible format that we hope makes it easy to use and photocopy.
  • The programme is very much about giving the young people space and time to explore and talk about their concerns and opinions on mental health. It also highlights tools and supports to help them cope and deal with issues that can have a negative affect on their mental health.
  • The programme was created with a moderate to low budget as this allows others to follow our programme session by session without needing major funding to do so.
  • The information, activities and exercises used come from a variety of sources and various training days. We hope that the layout of the session plans and the style used make them accessible and easy for Youth Workers and others to use.
  • The contents of this resource has been largely informed and influenced by the young people we have worked with. We have included their feedback and responses from the evaluations to give insight into how they found the programme. The poster designs and messages about mental health that you see throughout the resource are from many of the young people who have taken part in the Mind your Head programme.


To be used with Session 9 of the Mind Your Head Resource

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