Friends for Life is a social skills and resilience building program that is recognised by the World Health Organisation for over 12 years of comprehensive research and as an effective means to prevent anxiety for children aged 8-11. Anxiety is a common disorder, affecting over 20% of children in this age group. If left unattended anxiety can severely impact a child’s development which then created problems later in life. Anxiety can cause constant worry about things close to a child such as homework, attending school camp and even non-local events that appear on the news such as natural disasters or pandemics. This anxiety can detract from learning and have a severe impact on development. Friends for Life is proven to reduce anxiety and give participants the tools they need to cope in these stressful and challenging situations. Further to anxiety treatment, Friends for Life also improves participant’s social skills, ability to focus, confidence, and the ability to relax and regulate emotions.
Friends for Life teaches participants to cope with their feelings and the feelings of other by training them to think more positively and to relax and regulate their bodies. Friends for life also teaches confidence and ways to tackle problems which helps build self-esteem as participants start to solve problems they would have previously shied away from. Most important Friends for Life enables participants to be happy, smile and be brace which helps them easily transition to their teenage years.
Runtime: Afterschool sessions available term 4 2016 – term 2 2018 (1.5hrs per week over 8 weeks).