A Unique Experience

There's no other programme like ours in Ireland. Here are six reasons why:

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    It's all about the schools: We met with school principals, teachers, guidance counsellors, and most importantly, second year students to identify and address the issues they reported. Also, each time the Resilience Academy is delivered students get to choose the modules they would like to take.

  2. 2

    We've had help from the best: We built on our in-house expertise in therapy, research, and training by consulting specialists in a range of areas. We had help from the lovely people at BeLonGTo and BodyWhys, Dr Colman Noctor of St Patrick's and Occupational Therapist Orla Sullivan from DCU. We had amazing animators from Push Media and Colaiste Dhulaigh, with extra guidance from Paper Panther Productions, and fantastic voice actors and post-production crews at Screen Scene.

  3. 3

    Our facilitators are therapists: All sessions are delivered by Pieta House therapists who not only have years of experience in promoting mental health, but are also fully accredited by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

  4. 4

    It builds rapport: Because the same facilitators deliver every session, the students get a chance to know them, to build rapport, and gain the confidence to ask the questions that they wouldn't normally ask.

  5. 5

    It's 6 weeks long: Research has shown that short programmes have limited impact. Long lasting change requires prolonged support, so our programme covers a range of areas over 6 weeks.

  6. 6

    We can prove it works: Comparing levels of student resilience before and after completing the programme we established a statistically significant increase in levels of resilience, as well as increases in levels of hope for the future, an ability to handle upset feelings, and an increase in connection with their school.