University of Edinburgh

Emotional Well-being for Young Deaf People

Day 1: Thursday 15 March 2012
Day 2: 15 June 2012


NDCS's Healthy Minds training resource aims to improve the emotional well-being of deaf children and young people aged 10 to 18 years. The resource gives step-by-step guidance on how to encourage young deaf people to achieve a 'healthy mind' and explores ideas on creating strategies to prevent low self-esteem and poor mental health. It offers support for professionals working with young deaf people to improve their emotional health and well-being.

The sessions guide the participants how to create an opportunity for open discussion through fun group work, as well as written and visual exercises with young deaf people. All the exercises are created to ensure young deaf people can own and be responsible for their own positive mental health.

The sessions explore:

  • What is a healthy mind?
  • Developing good emotional well-being
  • Support mechanisms and looking after your body
  • Identity - Who am I?
  • Owning and managing deafness
  • I'm OK being deaf.

Target Audience: The one-day course is aimed at professionals working with young deaf people, providing guidance on using the resource. There is also an opportunity for participants to gain Open College Network credits* through the Training the Trainers programme.

Follow-Up Day: (Day 2) There is a follow-up day to the first training session on Thursday 15 March. Participants must have undertaken the first day of the Healthy Minds course in order to be eligible for the follow-up day.

*To be eligible for an accredited certificate, as mentioned above, participants will be required to attend a third day and submit a portfolio of work; date to be decided by agreement with those in this group.

Presenter: Emma Simmons and Holly Lane, Emotional Health & Wellbeing Officers, The National Deaf Children's Society

Programme Day 1

    10.20 am Introduction

    10.30 am What is a Healthy Mind?

    11 am Developing good emotional Well-being

    11.45 am Support Mechanisms

    1.15 pm Who am I? - Identity

    2.30 pm Owning and managing deafness

    3.15 pm Course Action Plan

  • 3.25 pm Course evaluation