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EARLY Minds introduces helpful patterns that underpin good mental health in all children and young people for the rest of their lives through stories, exploratory questions, activities and games.

EARLY Minds will help primary school children to recognise their emotional needs and to identify healthy ways in which to get emotional needs met.

What topics are covered?

Each session has been carefully planned to deal with issues sensitively and age appropriately. Our topics include peer pressure, bullying, feeling worried, copying and anger.

We introduce the idea of the mental health continuum and explain the importance of learning ways to help keep ourselves well for the rest of our lives.

The trainer will then use a traditional story to discuss a feeling or behaviour. The trainer will also teach the children self soothing skills to help manage big feelings including 7/11 breathing as you can see below.

What’s included?

You can either book a half day or full day session with our trainer.

Half Day – AM or PM

  • Two lessons taught by a fully qualified trainer
  • A lesson plan linked to the curriculum
  • Differentiated activities and stories per year group
  • A free one hour Q&A session for teachers including feedback from the trainer
  • Suggested activities to use in class.
  • Practical techniques to use in school including 7/11 breathing
  • Story synopsis

Whole Day

  • Three Lessons taught by fully qualified trainer
  • A lesson plan linked to the curriculum
  • Differentiated activities and stories per year group
  • A free one hour Q&A session for teachers including feedback from the trainer
  • Suggested activities to use in class.
  • Practical techniques to use in school including 7/11 breathing
  • Story synopsis

The benefits

  • Improved knowledge of Emotional Needs and Resources – a model to help everyone to stay well
  • Links to many areas of the curriculum
  • Sustainable learning that is built upon
  • Confidence and techniques to use at home or school for teachers, parents and young people
  • Opportunity for consultancy with the Head of Mental Health Education at Suffolk Mind
  • Whole schools approach that benefits the wider community
  • Free assembly for parents to engage with and learn the model
  • DBS, fully qualified trainers

How to book

If you’d like to inquire about a session, email schools@suffolkmind.org.uk. Alternatively you can give us a call on 0300 111 6000 for more details. 

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