CMHW 2020 - AWARE receives new funding to deliver children's mindfulness programmes
To mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week, we are very excited to announce that we have received funding to deliver a number of free Paws b programmes in primary schools across Northern Ireland this year. Paws b is a mindfulness-based educational programme for children aged 7-11 years and aims to teach strategies to build resilience, cope with stress and help children to understand their thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms and behaviour. Evidence-based research confirming the positive effects of mindfulness practice when suitably applied for children is astounding.
1 in 10 school children in NI has a diagnosable mental health condition. According to a 2017 report published for the Research and Information Service of the NI Assembly, it is estimated that around 45,000 of children and young people in NI have a mental health need at any one time and more than 20% of young people are suffering “significant mental health problems” by the time they reach 18. Therefore, it is important that we are reaching children in primary schools to promote positive mental health. Children and young people who develop good mental health are more equipped for dealing with emotional challenges later in life.
The Paws b mindfulness programme will aim to reach children in primary schools across Northern Ireland and delivery is planned to commence in September 2020 - watch this space for further information!
For more information about our Paws b programme, click here: https://www.aware-ni.org/wellbeing-programmes/mindfulness/paws-b-mindfulness-programme