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Mindout: Mental Health Promotion Programme for Out of School Settings

Course Description:

This 2 day interactive training is based on the evidence based MindOut resource developed in 2004 and recently revised by NUI Galway and the HSE Health and Wellbeing Division with support from NYCI.  The resource was developed to support the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of young people.

Social and emotional wellbeing has been shown to contribute to young people’s academic outcomes, their social development, their capacity to contribute to the community, and their ability to secure employment in adulthood. Social and emotional wellbeing is a protective factor against a range of health problems. There is an extensive amount of international evidence demonstrating that social and emotional wellbeing programmes can produce long-term benefits to the health and wellbeing of young people and provide the skills base for the prevention of a wider range of problem behaviours such as substance misuse, emotional distress, disruptive behaviour and risky health and sexual behaviours.

The programme focuses on the development of 5 core competencies for social and emotional learning: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management and responsible decision-making.  All participants will receive a copy of the MindOut 2.0 resource pack. 

Course Objectives: 

  • To understand the aims of delivering MindOut in the out of school setting
  • To know how to carry out a needs analysis and deliver MindOut to young people aged 15-18 in the out of school setting
  • To know where to access supports, services and training programmes in relation to young people and their mental health and wellbeing
  • To recognise the importance of adopting a whole organisational approach to strengthen the learning by young people

Designed for: 

Anyone working with young people in a youth work, out of school or non-formal education setting.  Participants are required to attend both days of training.  

Cost: 

Members of NYCI: Free of charge

Non-members: €50

Course capacity:

Minimum of 16 and maximum of 22 participants