Mental health is an increasingly well talked about subject. But effective solutions continue to evade many, especially our young people.
Thanks to a very generous Jewish Child’s Day grant, a pioneering and highly impactful approach to resilience and mental health education has now been made available to a large cohort of local primary school pupils. The IHEART Schools Programme will be delivered to five classes of Year 5 and Year 6 children at three Jewish primary schools in London, reaching a total 150 young people before the end of this academic year.
The selected schools are Wolfson Hillel Primary School, Southgate; Noam Primary School in Edgware; and Clore Shalom, Shenly. All three participating schools are also included in a larger research study funded by the National Lottery evaluating the impact of the IHEART programme amongst almost 1000 children aged 10-15 in London schools. Results of this ground-breaking research initiative are expected in the summer of 2020.
IHEART, which stands for Innate Health Education & Resilience Training, is a dynamic 10-session wellbeing programme specially designed for young people. The preventative programme has already been proven to be highly successful in helping children manage stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and conflict, as well as many other emotional and social challenges they encounter, such as dealing with social media and bullying.
Brian Rubenstein, IHEART CEO, explains how this grant “specifically enables us to reach young people within our community who otherwise may not be able to access a programme such as ours. We are so grateful to Jewish Child’s Day for supporting an initiative that will help the children of our local schools uncover the innate resilience and potential that is their birthright.”
Jewish Child’s Day is a grant-making charity which has been helping children in need worldwide for 70 years. Over 12,000 Jewish children each year benefit from the grant funding, helping them to overcome deprivation and disadvantage while nurturing them through offering a better future.
Ms Alex Kingston, Headteacher of Wolfson Hillel, expressed her excitement about the roll-out of the programme in her school, which launched this past Friday: “We are delighted to welcome IHEART’s pioneering programme. Mental health and resilience education for our young people is vital and our school is so pleased to be beneficiaries of this generous grant and a part of this innovative project.”
Photo Caption – Debbie Fisher, Trainer & Senior Facilitator at Wolfson Hillel Primary School, Year 5