Buddy Bench Ireland

Our award winning evidence based school child-led positive mental well-being programmes that empowers children and young people. We cover topics such as anxiety, mindset, resilience, coping strategies, interpersonal and social media relationship skills, fostering friendships being key. We as educators have the ability to grow mindsets of caring and compassion in our children and young people.

For children aged three to nine we use a physical Buddy Bench™ as a visual tool alongside our Buddy Bench programmes which instill much needed lifelong tools and emotional skills that will build resilience and well being into their adult lives.

The younger children take delight in the story in our interactive workbook, told with the help of our four furry woodland creatures who interact with a bench and a child. Each animal represents a thought or a feeling and we discuss how to recognise and respond. It is open-ended story allowing free will of the children’s imagination.
For the older students we use the Buddy Bench as a symbolic visual tool to teach them how to identify and express their feelings. The Buddy bench reminds us to be our kindest selves. The programme releases the stigma of asking for help and celebrates children who act with compassion, kindness and empathy.

The Challenge

The best mental health strategy is one that prevents issues from arising in the first place. Early intervention is central to the Buddy Bench approach. Buddy Bench Ireland wants to share practical advice and guidance providing….

 

We teach children to recognise and respond to their own feelings – different emotions feel different on the inside, physically.  If you can identify your feelings and are aware of them you can make choices of how to appropriately respond to them.