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National mental and physical health initiative launched in schools

The project will see 250 young people, aged 15 to 18, act as mentors to a total of 750 young people experiencing mental wellbeing issues, supporting them in becoming physically active. The Active in Mind mentors will in turn be supported by a lead adult Wellbeing Champion.

The mentors will receive prior training in developing strategies to improve mental wellbeing and reduce stress and anxiety in their peers. Each setting will work with the additional support services that are available to the school for mental health awareness and training and will be part of the schools’ holistic approach to mental health. 

The aim of the project is to create a ‘nurture group’ environment in each school for those young people most in need of support, using sport and physical activity as the vehicle for change. The project will provide an alternative approach to simply addressing the mental health of the participant, by also tackling their physical health and social wellbeing. 

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