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Strengthening Psychological Health in High Schools

In September 2020, the World Health Organisation released a report on Adolescent Mental Health, noting that:

  • Globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents, and suicide is one of the leading causes of death in 15-19-year-olds. 

  • Not addressing adolescent mental health conditions has consequences that extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.

The Flourishing World Programme recognises that in addition to treating existing mental health problems, it is vitally important to prevent mental health problems from developing in the first place, and to promote optimal wellbeing and flourishing. This in turn facilitates learning - Student wellbeing is a prerequisite for all learning.

Teacher wellbeing is just as important for the entire school environment to  flourish.

Using the BLOOM™ framework (described in Our Method), our team of interdisciplinary experts has developed a number of workshop themes for high school students and teachers, shifting the focus from ME to WE in order to enhance the wellbeing of all. Specific workshop content and format can be customised to meet specific school needs, with some options found below. 

BLOOM
Framework

BELONGING

– FEELING INTERCONNECTED WITH OTHERS

FOR STUDENTS

Developing Meaningful Friendships in the Digital Age: How to create social support systems to reduce loneliness in the age of social media 

LEARNING

– DEVELOPING INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE

How to Engage with Authority Figures: Understanding the motivations and perspectives of teachers and parents 

OPPORTUNITY

– RECOGNISING CHOICES

THAT BENEFIT EVERYONE

Authentic Achievement: 

How to design a life that is aligned with genuine prosocial values, and serves the greater good 

ORIENTATION

– TURNING TOWARD WHAT’S GOING WELL

Cooling the Emotional Heat: 

How to manage difficult strong emotions and refocus attention on ways to feel good and function well

MEANING

– KNOWING THAT WHAT YOU DO CONTRIBUTES TO THE BIGGER PICTURE

Helping Other People Flourish: Increasing personal responsibility toward the wellbeing of others and the environment we all live in

FOR TEACHERS

Building a Culture of Belonging: How to appreciate human individuality & diversity to enhance connection with students & co-workers who are perceived as different to you

Grow Through What You Go Through: How to use challenges as an opportunity to learn, practicing acceptance and gratitude through the process

The Courage to be Curious and Creative: How to further experiment with teaching methods in order to increase both work satisfaction and student learning  

How to Savour the Positive Moments: Developing skills that shift attentional focus toward what’s going well in the classroom and beyond

“Teaching is the One Profession that Creates All Other Professions”: Exploring the broad scope of your influence as a teacher

Format:

  • Workshop content can be customised to meet specific school needs.

  • Sessions will provide an immersive and interactive learning experience, in a safe and supportive environment.

  • Students, as well as teachers, will gain new insights, develop new skills, and practice new behaviours for how to manage change, shift mindsets, and use obstacles as opportunities.

  • We also incorporate guest zoom appearances by Professors at Harvard Business School and New York University.

  • Session options include (but not limited to):

    • 1 session on a specific topic (could be conducted during lunch hour i.e. “lunch and learn”, or at another available time)

    • 5 sessions, one on each of the five themes

    • 10+ sessions on one or more themes

  • We can provide course packs with weekly reflection exercises.

  • Ongoing support and refresher training available as needed.  

Importance of evaluation:

We are committed to comprehensive and ongoing evaluation of our programs using well-established measures and multi-method approaches.

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