Primary school pupils taught how to cope with stress

Pupils preparing to leave primary school are being taught how to deal with stress and to be more resilient as part of a new mental health initiative. 
Children in P6 and P7 will learn how to cope with change under the Healthy Me programme developed by Northern Ireland charity, Action Mental Health. 

Its chief executive David Babington said it will help prepare pupils for the stresses of the transfer test and big changes in their educational life. 
Five schools took part in a pilot. 

The charity is now hoping the programme will be rolled out in schools across Northern Ireland. 

It consists of "interactive workshops" in which pupils are made aware of the importance of emotional wellbeing; encouraged to seek help if they are in distress and helped to identify sources of support. 

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