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Mental Health is a Key Programmes / 6 Topics | Adults | Parents | Teachers

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The aims are to spark the thought in you to put more attention to your mental health.

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Invest in our mental health!

The aims are to spark the thought in you to put more attention to your mental health. This programme is designed to cover a broad range of topics, from the importance of mental health, the impact we and our lives have on our mental health and also the tips and strategies how to improve and sustain good mental health for yourself and you're close once.

The programme is developed and delivered by AENGUS BURKE mental health coach, social care worker, youth advocate and physical coach.

3rd May - ANTI _ BULLYING :This presentation focuses on what bullying is, principles on how to reduce it and tips to prevent and respond to bullying. I will also touch on cyberbullying, mental health and bullying and also look at bullying that targets different areas, including children in the care system and certain ethnic groups.

10th May - WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH :A look at mental health from different angles, good and bad mental health. I will look at some of the causes of mental health and how society can help in reducing the stigma that still surrounds mental health.

17th May - TIPS TO RELIEVE STRESS / ANXIETY:Some strategies and coping measures to support people feeling stressed and anxious can help those suffering before their issues get out of control.

24th May - MENTAL HEALTH AND EXERCISE - THE BENEFITS: This presentation takes a look at the benefits of exercise on our mental health, explaining the feel-good endorphins released during exercise and how different ones can help with selected mental health issues.

31st May - EXERCISE PROGRAMME TO BOOST MENTAL HEALTH:An exercise programme that can be suitable for all standards of fitness. No equipment is needed so it can be done at home, suitable for those who might be intimidated by joining a gym.

7th June - RESTORATIVE JUSTICE : A description of Restorative Justice, its history, how it is used by the court systems in Ireland, and an example of a case meeting.

ABOUT AENGUS BURKEI am involved in Social Care / Youth Work for the past twelve years between full-time work, part-time work and volunteering. This covered various issues including the following.

SUPPORT WORKER: This involved working with people with disabilities, challenging behaviours, ADHD etc. and supporting them as necessary in their lives and some as they faced the challenges as they returned to independent living.

YOUTH MENTOR: Working with young people referred by the Probation Services. Helping young people with various issues including addiction, mental health issues, making changes to their lifestyles away from crime, education, sourcing accommodation, independent living, assistance seeking work, family relationships.

YOUTH ADVOCATE:As above but working with young people referred by Social Workers. Other roles included attending case meetings with CAMHS and other mental health and addiction services, schools, social services etc.

REHABILITATION ASSISTANT TO PEOPLE WITH ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY:Supporting people on their recovery following their acquired brain injury. This involved a lot of cognitive exercises and coping strategies to adapt to their new circumstances. Setting goals and working towards them, providing support in the return to the community and providing support in everyday activities was also a part of this role. As part of this, I facilitated a weekly group meeting where people with brain injuries got together and discussed any issues they had. The “Hero’s Journey” was used to guide these sessions.

PRISON OUTREACH PROGRAMME:This involved visiting the prison and supporting prisoners with various issues from practical to emotional. Here I also co-presented pre-release programmes.

VICTIM SUPPORT AT COURT: This involved supporting the victims of crime in the Central Criminal Court. Again a lot of emotional stuff was involved as victims and their families faced the wrongdoer and listened to the details of serious crimes and murders.

Homeless Services:Working here again involved a mixture of practical and emotional support as people coped with living homeless. Mental Health, Addiction and behavioural issues are also in this role.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PANEL MEMBER:This involves a panel meeting with the wrongdoer in a crime along with the facilitator, a member of the Gardai and any other relevant party. These cases are referred from the court system and the aim is to reflect on the crime and repair the damage in a restorative manner.

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