An innovative new programme is being delivered to primary schools throughout the UK, enabling teachers to help children cope with pressure and stress in their lives.
My Happy Mind is a programme dedicated to “preparing today’s children for tomorrow’s world, by building resilient, balanced and happy minds – at school and at home”. It teaches children how their brains work, how to understand what their own unique character strengths are, and how to build positive relationships with other people and the world around them.
Children are also taught self-help techniques for dealing with stress – for example, by doing ‘happy breathing’ exercises, they learn how to cope with stressful situations, stay calm and feel more relaxed.
The first school in Cheshire to adopt the My Happy Mind programme was Alderley Edge School for Girls. Helen Jeys, Headmistress at the school, said: “We have a responsibility to prepare our girls for life beyond the classroom and, by teaching them how their brains work and how they can develop their character, we can create a generation of children who have the ability to manage their own mental wellbeing”.