About Beat the Blues
Beat the Blues aims to educate young people about mental health, why it is important and how to care for it. The programmes has been devised by Aware under the guidance and direction of Dr. Claire Hayes, a clinical psychologist, lecturer and author with over 25 years’ experience in assisting people who are coping with difficult life challenges. Beat the Blues complies with Wellbeing in Post Primary Schools: Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention (2013), developed by the Dept. of Education and Skills, the HSE and the Dept. of Health.
- The programme takes approximately 70-80 minutes and is delivered over two class periods to groups of 25-30 students
- Each student gets a practical workbook that incorporates key elements from the presentation, along with exercises for them to reflect on in their own time, so they can form a useful resource to keep and revisit at times of stress
- The programme is delivered by Aware Training Partners, who have received extensive training from Aware
- At least one teacher must be present
The programme explores:
- Principles for good mental health and actions that can help
- Why similar situations impact people in different ways
- The role of core beliefs
- How to manage upsetting feelings and thoughts
- How to identify the symptoms of anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder
- The importance of resilience and how to build it
- Know how to seek and accept help
The programme also introduces the Coping Triangle (Hayes 2006, 2011), a useful tool which students can use in everyday situations to help relieve stress and understand what is going on for them. The Coping Triangle is an accessible way of introducing key principles of cognitive behavioural therapy.
How to request the Beat the Blues programme?
If you are a teacher of senior cycle students and would like to request this free programme please click below.
Feedback from Beat the Blues
“I found it very useful for myself as well students. Would give me an insight into coping mechanisms for myself and family members.”
“This programme was very useful for the students, they may not readily admit it but quite a few are very overwhelmed at the thought of the Leaving Cert exam and I could see how engaged they were when the trainer was discussing how to cope with stress / anxiety.”
“Extremely interactive and informative, inclusion of everyone in the group through question direction. The content was made perfectly relevant to the age group of the class which held their attention.”
“I knew little about anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder but after the trainer talked to us I have a better knowledge of it all. She was brilliant, kept my interest, made it interesting. Really enjoyed learning and finding out more information. It was a great experience.”
“What struck me the most is how everyone understands. I have experienced stuff like this before and it opened my eyes a lot.”
“It was a fun programme that kept me interested the whole time because of the trainer and her stories. I also found out what to do and how to cope when I feel down.”