A resource for exploring mental health issues with young people


The ‘Mind Your Head’ programme originated from a need recognised by the Youth & Community services in Gurranabraher, (on the northside of Cork city), where issues around mental health and self-harm had been brought up by young people attending the services in the area. This programme was written and compiled by a youth worker and a community health worker.

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 effect 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 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 have been largely informed by the young people we have worked with. Their feedback has influenced and shaped the current programme. Evaluations will continue after each group completes the programme and these will be used to influence the further development of the programme.

 

Resource Originally Compiled by:

  • Sinead Collopy (Community Health Worker, HSE)
  • Diane Mackin (Youth Worker, Youth Work Ireland, Cork)
  • Stephen Murphy (Community Health Worker, Health Action Zone, HSE)

2nd Edition Compiled by:

  • Joe Curtin (Youth Worker, Youth Work Ireland Cork)
  • Elaine Mc Koy (Community Health Worker, Health Action Zone, HSE)
  • Stephen Murphy (Social Inclusion, Cork City Council)

Health Action Zone


The Health Action Zones are the HSE South’s response to developing Community Health within specific areas identified and supported through the RAPID Programme. The development of the Health Action Zone concept provided a timely opportunity to target health inequalities in areas and the links are additionally widely documented. The community development principles focus is on empowerment, involvement, consultation and participation. To improve the health and lifestyle of an area through a series of health focussed initiatives that build on existing services and facilities. To explore barriers to accessing services and to involve local people in the design and delivery of service. To target the delivery of health services in local areas

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

YWIC


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.

MIND YOUR HEAD
A Resource for Exploring Mental Health Issues with Young People
  • 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 used their feedback and responses from the evaluations to give us insight into what the young people took away from the programme.

Videos

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

Web: Doublemarvellous Media