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Travellers

A school-based mental health promotion programme for young people that enhances connectedness and supports changes in life's journey.

Travellers was developed as a creative and innovative response to supporting and promoting the mental and emotional wellbeing of young people.  The primary focus of the programme is to enhance connectedness and support changes in life's journey.  The name Travellers is a metaphor for "life is a journey' with changes that have to be negotiated.  The concepts of "life maps" and "day trips" will be used throughout the programme and these will be modelled by the group programme facilitators.

Travellers sessions

Travellers supports young people to identify, develop and access the resources they need to travel through life.  The journey metaphor is the key link between all sessions and activities within sessions.  As the programme progresses through each session, each young person's life becomes a visual representation, through the use of symbols, stickers and words or statements of : feelings and thoughts experienced in different situations; support available at these times; and times when they were having fun and relaxing.  The sessions will be fun, interactive and educational.

 
 KEY CONCEPTS, SLOGANS AND SESSIONS

SESSION

CONCEPTS                        
SLOGANS    
1 & 2     
Life is a journey.  Sometimes the path can be more challenging than at other times


Life's a journey!

3    



Our self-esteem is our belief in our own self-worth   
 

I'm OK
!
4

Trust your feelings - it's OK to feel.    
Expressing yourself is healthy.  It's natural to find change stressful.

Express yourself
5

The way I think affects how I feel.
To challenge unhelpful thoughts can help me feel better.
Sometimes I can change things and sometimes I can't BUT I can change the way I think about things.


I think therefore I am
!



6 Fun and laughter help reduce stress.
Relaxation re-energises.  Travelling well on day trips and life journeys deserves rewards.
Be your own best friend!

7    
Everyone needs support at times.  Support can be practical and/or emotional


Mobilise your team!
8
Challenges in life can help us grow.
There are strategies I can use to do life.    
Life is do-able!

www.travellers.org.nz

 
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