Why does my class/school need mental health education?


Research shows that children who score higher in emotional intelligence are not only less likely to develop future mental health problems but they’re also more likely to be better decision makers, to be more liked by others and to perform better academically. Take a look at 'The Benefits' tab.

What age group is the program aimed at?

The program targets year 6/6thclass (or 4th, 5th and 6th class in smaller schools) and year 7s/first years to help them with the transition into secondary school. Therefore, the age group is 10 – 14. We do not teach younger children as research shows that children below this age range have difficulties articulating their ability to think, which discredits teaching cognitive behavioural therapy.

What does the program involve?

  • A mental health workshop taught by us.

  • An afterschool parent/teacher seminar.

  • Additional teaching resources.

  • Access to our brand new app.


Where does the program take place?




We carry out the program at your school premises.

Who teaches the program?

The program is taught by two psychology graduates who have been Garda Vetted/DBS cleared. The facilitator is required to have a psychology undergraduate degree, a psychology masters degree and specified training, and the assistant is required to have an undergraduate psychology degree and specific training. As the teachers are generally younger, we have found that the children engage further.

When do you carry out the workshops?


We carry out the workshops throughout the entire school year. We advise that you book at the start of each term or at least two or three months in advance so you are not left disappointed. If you wish to book for September, we recommend you book before March.

When is a best time to have the workshop?


There are pros to having the workshop earlier and later in the year. If you have the workshop earlier, it gives time for the education to be maintained throughout the year. If you have the workshop later in the year, the education is fresh in the students’ heads just before secondary school.

What is the workshop based on?



The workshop is based on the 7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence.


It is mixed in with lots of games and activities so the children remain engaged throughout the day and they learn while having fun.

What does the workshop involve?


It is broken into three lessons as follows:
Emotion Identification (What are emotions, cognitive behavioural therapy and neurology)

Emotion Regulation (Well being and how to be resilient)

Emotional Management (Empathy and Social Skills)


We do not speak about anything of a sensitive nature such as suicide, self-harm or depression.

What does the parent/teacher seminar involve?


This involves a one hour seminar immediately after school about why there has been an increase in mental health problems, what we teach the children, how to maintain a positive mental health environment and how to take care of your own mental health. The seminar slides are then sent to the school via email after the seminar.

Can we do a teacher only or parent only seminar?



The school is welcome to do a parent only seminar or a teacher only seminar (which can be included in Croke Park Hours).

Can you do a seminar for teachers specifically on their own mental health?



The school is welcome to do a parent only seminar or a teacher only seminar (which can be included in Croke Park Hours).

Can we do a teacher only or parent only seminar?



We offer a two hour seminar on how to take care of your own mental health independent from the workshop.

What does the app involve?

The teacher gains access to our app alongside a short handbook. It involves the teacher doing five mental health activities with the students each week. While this is optional, schools who complete it each week gain points to help them win mental health awards at the end of the year. This helps the children develop habits that will boost their mental health and it also continuously goes back over the education from the workshop.

What do the teaching resources involve?



The teaching resources involve simple activities for the children that go back over what they learned in the workshop.

Can this program be applied to special schools?


We have carried out the program in several special schools. The program is adapted to include more games, less technical information and more emphasis on the emotional management aspect. We do recommend that the program would be more suitable to children with special educational needs over the age of 12.

What do we need to set up before Motus comes to the school for the workshop?



We ask the school to break the classroom into five clear tables. The only thing we need is access to an interactive whiteboard and a regular whiteboard. We bring all other resources.

How can we book?

In order to book, the only details we need is how many children are in the class and to agree on a date. Once that is confirmed, we then send you a confirmation email with details on what will happen on the day, Garda Vetting, parent letters and payment options. Send us an email at team@motuslearning.comor give Eoin a call on +353 877502188.

I loved the program and want to continue educating myself/my child/my students on how to take care of their mental health. How can I do so?


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I still have a question unanswered?


Send us an email at team@motuslearning.comor give Christy a call on +353 873312120.

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