The Healthy Minds School Program is for school communities who recognise that success is more than just academic achievement.
Why Healthy Minds?
Parents are increasingly looking to schools to also provide the life skills that will ensure their child’s happy future, not just good grades.
Taught by specially trained facilitators plus your own school's staff, the 8-week program involves one lesson per week, and fits into the Health or Personal Development curriculum of each school's Year 7 or 8 class schedule, or can be integrated into pastoral care time. (Note there are also program components for higher and lower year levels, and also for parents and teachers, but the main component is for Year 7 or 8 students).
We teach your students:
- The thinking skills that prevent or reduce risk for depression, anxiety, eating disorders & body image problems (without specifically focusing on any particular psychological disorder)
- How 'unhelpful perfectionism' plays a troublesome role in mental health, achievement, and general quality of life. Contrary to popular belief, some types of perfectionism actually inhibit achievement.
- The keys to understanding the function of emotions, and the most helpful ways of navigating their emotional lives
- Psychological flexibility
- Realistic thinking (this is the key skill of modern cognitive behaviour therapy)
- Self-compassion as an antidote to self-criticism (and why this is far more important than self-esteem)
- Ways to understand and deal with procrastination - these work for school, work and life
- To challenge the unrealistic media ideals that promote body-image dissatisfaction, which can lead to disordered eating and depression
- The cultivation of gratitude as an everyday perspective (it has been shown to improve sleep, immune system function, and happiness)
- The motivational techniques that change problem behaviours into helpful, healthy, and high-performance behaviours
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