The Ministry of Education and Science, and UNICEF, invite educators to dedicate the first lesson on 1 September to mental health

29 August 2023

Before the start of the new 2023-2024 school year, the Ministry of Education and Science together with the All-Ukrainian Mental Health programme "How are you?" initiated by the First Lady Olena Zelenska have developed a new psyschosocial support lesson, entitled "How are you? Back to School". The lesson on the importance of mental health is designed for two age groups of students: grades 1-6 and 7-11.

With the start of the new school year, the workload on children will increase, and the stress caused by the war will be complicated by the need to interact with peers and teachers, adaption to learning in new formats and conditions, to new groups, and to find common language with  parents and guardians. All of this will require additional efforts from students potentially adding another source of fear, self-doubt, and anxiety.

The lesson on mental health will give children several practical tools to cope with fear or anxiety, to calm down, and to feel supported. These techniques of self-regulation will help both in school and in extracurricular activities. The lesson materials includes video messages from psychologists teaching children about how our emotions work, and showing them simple exercises to help them self-regulate during tough moments.

The lesson script and video for translation are available to download on the following link.

The script for teachers includes information on how adults can support children, various resources with exercises and psychological self-help techniques, as well as links to support groups for educators and online courses on teaching in times of crisis.

The lesson materials were created as a part of the "How are you?" Mental Health Programme in Ukraine, which was initiated by the First Lady Olena Zelenska. Their development was supported by the Coordination Center for Mental Health, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Association for Innovative and Digital Education, the MEGOGO Education section, and received support from UNICEF in Ukraine.


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