Children's mental health and wellbeing animation & webinar

This animation, with accompanying webinar, was created by NICCY and CCEA. It introduces primary pupils to the topic of mental health, and gives them a a chance to ask a panel of their peers and experts questions.

Organised by Koulla Yiasouma, the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) and CCEA, this webinar features a panel of two young people - Orlagh Marley from the NICCY Youth Panel and Megan McConnell from the Belfast City Council Youth Forum and the Elephant in the Room project – and Victoria Murphy, from Childline.

The video begins with a short animation introducing children to the concept of their rights, and their mental health.

The subsequent webinar then answers questions, submitted by an online audience of almost 90 schools, about mental health and wellbeing.

Classes could watch the introductory animation and then use the questions asked to prompt further discussion.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • Children aged from 7 to 11
  • use with whole classes

Please note that because these resources are so extensive, they have not been fully quality-assured by our team. NICCY is a trusted source for content with its own quality assurance process, so we have still included it. Do read through our guidance for using resources before using this resource.

Curriculum links

Northern Ireland – Personal Development & Mutual Understanding

Personal Understanding and Health

Pupils should be enabled to explore:

• their self–esteem and self-confidence; (KS1)

• their own and others’ feelings and emotions and how their actions affect others; (KS1)

• positive attitudes to learning and achievement; (KS1)

• strategies and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe. (KS1)

• their self-esteem, self-confidence and how they develop as individuals; (KS2)

• their management of a range of feelings and emotions and the feelings and emotions of others; (KS2)

• effective learning strategies; (KS2)

• how to sustain their health, growth and well-being and coping safely and efficiently with their environment. (KS2)

Mutual Understanding in the Local and Wider Community

Pupils should be enabled to explore:

• initiating and developing mutually satisfying relationships; (KS1)

• responsibility and respect, honesty and fairness; (KS1)

• constructive approaches to conflict; (KS1)

• similarities and differences between people; (KS1)

• developing themselves as members of a community (KS1)

• initiating, developing and sustaining mutually satisfying relationships; (KS2)

• human rights and social responsibility; (KS2)

• causes of conflict and appropriate responses; (KS2)

• valuing and celebrating cultural difference and diversity; (KS2)

• playing an active and meaningful part in the life of the community and being concerned about the wider environment. (KS2)

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