The Hopeful Institute Seminar Series
Young people today are faced with a number of pressures in daily life, which can potentially negatively impact on mental health and wellbeing. Factors including studying, family life, working, social media and social life all impact upon an individual if they don’t have the skills and techniques to handle pressures in a positive way. Developing such skills will not only make tough times easier to handle but will also help develop self-awareness and build resilience and self-confidence.
This project aimed to deliver the Hopeful Institute’s Hope Express and the Addiction seminar to students throughout Latrobe Valley in August 2019.
Sessions were held at Kurnai College, Lavalla College, St Pauls College, the FLO School and two sessions held for students/parents at nonparticipating schools with over 500 people in attendance during the series.
Students participated in the Hope Express seminar which is a social and emotional wellbeing program that highlights key concepts such as grit, emotional intelligence, authentic strengths, optimism, empathy, courage and hope.
The Addiction seminar educated students on the four psychological effects of addiction; experimentation, misuse, fixation and dependency. Students were shown the emotional states associated with each stage and the behaviour characteristics that accompany them. This gave students a realistic and ‘everyday’ understanding on how easily addiction can progress from one stage to the next.
The project has been expanded to include more schools in early 2020 following the successful program in 2019 and will also include the addition of the Men of Honour seminar to be offered to classes of male students and their fathers/guardians.