Youth Project Pilots Resilience Programme in Borders Schools

The Borders Youth Project, run by mental health charity Penumbra, has developed a 4-week Resilience Programme which will be piloted in Jedburgh Grammar School and Selkirk High School throughout February and March 2017.

The programme will focus on prevention rather than intervention, and aims to promote resilience through mental health awareness raising.

Young people engaging with the programme will be encouraged to discuss the emotional, cognitive and physical effects of low mood, anxiety and stress, and how to differentiate between them. The Project hopes that openly discussing mental health and wellbeing topics will promote reflection and understanding of the issues involved, whilst also having a positive effect on the mental and physical health of students.

The programme is also designed to support young people to explore different tools, ideas and resources to help them to safeguard and self-manage their own mental health and wellbeing. These resources include: relaxation CDs, breathing techniques, Cognitive Behavioural Approach (CBA) material, support helplines and websites, and Penumbra services.

The programme follows other awareness raising work carried out by the Project this year. Last month Penumbra Borders participated alongside other local agencies in the Borders College Refreshers Fair at the Galashiels and Newtown St. Boswells Campuses. Students were able to (re)acquaint themselves with Taffy, Penumbra Borders’ resident Therapet, as well as pick up tips and techniques on how to mitigate stress, and effectively self-manage their own wellbeing.

Penumbra has also started Wellbeing Walls at Galashiels Academy, Peebles High, Selkirk High and Borders College (Galashiels campus). The walls contain information, self-help tips and signposting, rotated on a monthly basis to cover a variety of issues such as stress and self-harm. As well as promoting self-management, the displays also aim to raise awareness of the support that is available at both a local and a national level.

More Information

For more information please contact Robin Murphy on or call 0131 475 2569.