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Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 4:43pm

Moving on from primary school and into secondary school can be a daunting experience for some students. Help is at hand for those that need it with a wellbeing and resilience workshop in Cork city later this month.

Health and wellbeing expert Dorothy Scarry, a qualified primary and secondary teacher, is hosting the workshop which aims to enable students to begin to take ownership of their personal wellbeing and resilience through identifying stressors and establishing a plan for interventions for themselves that they can maintain while they make the school transition and beyond.

The practical aspects of starting secondary such as dealing with new teachers, timetables, movement between rooms and homework, etc are also covered in part three of the workshop. Everyone will leave the workshop with a bespoke personal wellbeing plan.

Dorothy said: “Mental health problems affect one in ten children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. According to the World Health Organisation around 50 per cent of mental disorders begin before the age of 14. These are alarming statistics and national curricular documents highlight that school transitioning is an area where children and young people need to be supported in their mental and emotional wellbeing.”

Transitioning to secondary school can be a time that is mentally challenging for a sixth class pupil’s wellbeing. With this in mind, this type of workshop was designed and is being rolled out nationwide.

Dorothy is bringing to the workshop insights from many angles- as a health and wellbeing expert, mum of a sixth class student, a sixth class teacher and as a secondary school teacher who has worked with 1st year students. Dorothy says that she is a member of the Society of Occupational Medicine, Association of Health Promotion Ireland, INTO and Teaching Council.

The two hour workshops at the Maldron Shandon Hotel will run from 9.30am-11.30am and 11.30am -1.30pm on 15 August. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and cost €30, excluding booking fee.

Use the discount code 'corkindependent' before 12 August to avail of 25 per cent off.

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