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Sinn Féin Councillors welcome extension of 'Schools for Hope' Programme to include Dromore and Carrickmore schools

Published: 6 July, 2017

Sinn Féin Councillors Ann Marie Fitzgerald and Glenn Campbell have welcomed confirmation that the mental health and well-being awareness programme

Sinn Féin Councillors Ann Marie Fitzgerald and Glenn Campbell have welcomed confirmation that the mental health and well-being awareness programme

Sinn Féin Councillors Ann Marie Fitzgerald and Glenn Campbell have welcomed confirmation that the mental health and well-being awareness programme, 'Schools for Hope', which is due to commence in September 2017 will be extended to include both the Dean Maguirc College in Carrickmore and St John's College in Dromore.

Welcoming the extension of the programme to include the 2 rural secondary schools, Cllr Fitzgerald said,

"This innovative scheme, being brought forward by the Western Health and Social Care Trust, was initially proposed for the 5 secondary schools in Omagh. I felt it was important that pupils in Dromore and Carrickmore could also participate in the 'Schools for Hope' programme. I welcome the extension of the scheme and I hope it will be a source of valuable support to young people in all of the schools."

Commenting on the planned mental health and wellbeing awareness programme, Cllr Glenn Campbell, who is a former pupil of St. John's College in Dromore, said,

"I am delighted to see the Schools for Hope curriculum project being rolled out in the Omagh district, following a successful 10 week pilot in 5 primary schools and 2 secondary schools in Derry and Strabane. The programme is informed by international research that suggests that hope is a teachable skill. It is important that young people have maximum access to information that supports their emotional well-being, and that they develop life skills and coping mechanisms from an early age.

Concluding Cllr Campbell said,

"The extension of the programme to include the St John's and Dean Maguirc schools is welcome and I hope this initiative will continue to spread across other schools in the future."

ENDS

Notes to Editor:

Western Health and Social Care Trust have described the Schools for Hope programme as a " a curriculum project developed by the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred). The mental health and well-being awareness programme is based on research that suggests hope is a teachable skill. It aims are to equip children and young people, their educators and parents with the tools they need to find and maintain hope even during the most trying of times." (WHSCT 2017, p. 1)

WHSCT (2017) WHSCT statement on the Schools for Hope programme. Available from: http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net/about/3522.htm [Accessed 01/07/2017]