RTE has launched a new teaching approach for students who have mental health challenges.
The programme aims to help students to learn from their experiences, and develop the skills they need to navigate their way through life.
The programme, called ‘How To Love Yourself and Others’, aims to change the way students learn by teaching them how to learn, and to develop the kind of relationships they need.
The aim is to make learning more enjoyable and meaningful, and better able to support students as they tackle the challenges of life.
Aims:The programme has been launched as part of a series of ‘Love and Life’ programmes, which have been running for the past three years, as part on the RTE Learning Network.
In each, students are taught the core concepts of the subject of their choice through the ‘Love Life’ programme, and are given an opportunity to ask their teachers questions.RTE Learning says it is creating a unique learning experience for students to explore their strengths and develop new relationships.
‘Students will be taught how to create and nurture their own relationships in a safe and caring environment,’ it said.
‘They will also gain insight into their own minds and thoughts, how they feel, what they need, and how to support themselves.’
The programme will offer a range of topics and subjects, and it is hoped that it will help students develop their skills and confidence in their relationships.
Rice University, the University of Leeds and the University College London are also part of the initiative.’
This is the first time that we have created a programme specifically for people with mental illness,’ said Professor David Waugh, head of RTE’s Learning and Learning Sciences Department.
‘We are delighted to be able to work with such a great organisation to deliver a programme that will help people to develop their self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.’
A wide range of organisations have been involved in the creation of the programme, which includes the National Mental Health Foundation, the RISE, the National Institute for Health Research and the National Association for People with Mental Health Disorders.’
Our approach is one of a wide range and inclusive approach, rather than focusing on the one aspect that is most challenging for a student with a mental illness: relationships,’ said Dr Michael Mould, a psychiatrist at the Royal London Hospital and one of the organisers of the Love Life programme.
‘Our students will be able, and I am confident, that we will make learning a more enjoyable experience for all of them, regardless of their mental health issues.’
The Love Life Programme will be an invaluable resource for our students and the wider community.’