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A New Year Announcement

A New Year Announcement

Published on Monday, 04 January 2021

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As we begin looking forward to a hopefully brighter year in 2021, we want to tell you about an incredible and exciting campaign that AWARE is launching THIS MONTH! 

AWARE dreams of a future where mental health is a topic that can be discussed openly without stigma. How? Let's start with normalising the conversation with our children now!

2020 was a difficult year for us all, but perhaps the voices that haven't been heard as loudly throughout it all is our country's children. They most certainly have had their routines altered, with school being at home, not being able to socialise with their friends, and hearing so much about the 'germs'. We want to find out what has been going on in their minds throughout the pandemic. Their fears, worries, or maybe even things they have enjoyed like more time with their parents or carers. Ultimately, we want to start the conversation of mental health within this age group so that it is normalized as a topic to be discussed openly as they move into their teenage years.

Therefore, AWARE is calling for all schools of Northern Ireland, all teachers, principals, and parents of students in p6 &p7, to join us in our new competition 'Express yourself' - a children's mental health poetry competition! This is a creative way of allowing our children the freedom to de-brief on life through a pandemic.

AWARE's new friend, and world-famous Northern Ireland magician, Joel M is the face of this competition, the judge, and his talent is the prize! He is so excited to have the poetry winners on to his social's for him to have a chat with them and to teach them how to do some magic tricks! 

So are you a principal or a teacher? Click here for more information and then contact poems@aware-ni.org to enter this competition. 

If you are a parent and want your child's school to enter, then please contact the teacher of your child and send them this link.

We cannot wait to read your child's poem!

And a happy new year from all of us here at AWARE!

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