Research & 2021 Update


The Mind Your Head programme was reviewed updated in 2021, with the creation of a brand-new resource. The updates and changes where largely informed by young people’s feedback from participating in the workshops. Some of the changes include new sessions on Consent, LGBT+ Online Well- being. This 2 nd edition of the Mind Your Head Programme was compiled by Joe Curtin (Youth Worker, Youth Work Ireland Cork), Elaine McKoy (Community Health Worker, Health Action Zone HSE) Stephen Murphy (Social Inclusion, Cork City Council. Funding for the publication of the new resource was provided by the Cork Kerry Community Work Department. Supported by the Cork ETB Youth Services.

Research by UCC (CARL) In 2020, the Mind Your Head programme was researched and evaluated by University College Cork through CARL (Community Academic Research Links) by researcher Colin Koyce. Below are some findings from this research. Through the analysis of the Mind Your Head programme, it is evident that this programme is extraordinarily successful in its efforts to educate young people around the topic of mental health. The findings that complement the statement that this programme is successful are sub headed as follows: 1. Inclusive Programme. 2. Young Person Centred. These findings were discovered using interviews with the programme facilitators, participant observation by the researcher of this thesis, and analysis of the programme contents. The three findings will be discussed and analysed further in the following segment. 1. Inclusive Programme: A key factor in this programme’s success is due to its inclusive nature within its practice. This has been achieved by the programmes; (i) Facilitation of different learning styles. (ii) Wide range of topics. (iii) Varying Modes of Participation. (iv) Non-judgemental Atmosphere. (v) Young People’s Ownership of the Programme. 2. Young Person Focused: Another key factor to this programme’s success is that of its centrality to the young person’s life. The programme is based upon and designed around the young person reality and development. This is achieved by (i) Young People Co-facilitation. (ii) Relevant Issues to Their Lives. (iii) Development of Life Skills. (iv) Community Based Initiative. (v) Delivered by youth community health workers.


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

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