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Combining a fun and interactive curriculum with digital resources, classrooms across Manchester are being provided with the tools to support the development of their pupils' positive mental well-being by building resilience, self-esteem and character.
The downloadable lessons and animated characters take children through a series of modules to help them understand how the brain works, celebrate character strengths, develop a habit of gratitude, build positive relationships and engage with the world.
These lessons can also be accessed by pupils and parents via the myHappymind app, which is home to a series of games and exercises.
For City in the Community schools, these games have been given a Manchester City make-over enabling youngsters to unlock football accessories for their chosen character.
On the day, the children, who had been invited to City Football Academy to take part in a myHappymind lesson, helped the players understand what each animated character represented and showed them a calming and self-reflective exercise known as ‘happy breathing’.
Mike Green, Head of City in the Community, commented: “We are delighted to be collaborating with myHappymind to promote positive mental well-being within our local partner schools.
“The programme will add a new aspect to our football led curriculum and will help to provide children across Manchester with the confidence and self-belief to reach their potential.”
Laura Earnshaw, Founder and CEO of myHappymind, added: “We are thrilled to be working alongside City in the Community to bring myHappymind into schools in and around Manchester.
“CITC have a long history of supporting the well-being of children through their inclusive health, fitness and lifestyle programmes.
"We’re excited about bringing the conversation around building mental well-being to life in Manchester schools through this collaboration.”
Etihad Campus will this week play host to fun-filled curriculum-linked song and movement routines