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Mental Health Education

Through a series of seminars, the States of Mind Education programme provides young people with an understanding of their personal history and its impact on their present ways of relating with themselves and the world around them. The course also enables the development of qualities that promote healthy relationships, communication styles and self expression so that young people feel able to be seen, heard and respected as their most authentic self.

IDENTITY AND PERSONAL GROWTH

Introducing the concept of mental health from a holistic perspective by exploring the significance of our personal history, current experiences and relationship with our body, feelings and mind. The seminar explores the concept of a unique self that through thoughts, feelings and sensations interprets and makes sense of the world around us .

ANXIETY AND SELF COMPASSION

The experience of anxiety from an evolutionary and psychosocial perspective. By exploring neuroscience, theories of emotional regulation and practical exercises of mindfulness and self compassion the seminar provides an understanding of the nature of anxiety and its meaning in our lives.  

DEPRESSION AND HOPE

The psychological, emotional and physical manifestations of depression, while viewing the experience as occurring in the historical and interpersonal context of life. Exploring the loss of will, meaning and purpose, this seminar views depression as a challenging but potentially growth promoting experience.

RELATIONSHIPS

How our mental health operates within the context of our interpersonal relationships. The seminar introduces key concepts from attachment theory and mentalisation therapy, while integrating exercises that develop skills in active listening, empathy and compassion for ourselves and others.

attention, mindfulness and mental health


The neuroscience of attention and its relationship to mindfulness practice and emotional regulation. The seminar provides tools to develop self awareness and mindfulness in our everyday lives.

group identity and belonging

Mental health in the context of social groups. This seminar explores the importance of a sense of belonging and healthy group interactions for maintaining mental health and focuses on the development of communication skills and peer support. 

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