A THERAPIST has devised her own programme for schools to help pupils cope with the stresses of modern day life.
Mother-of-two Anne Cartridge, 47 , has used her personal and professional experience to create bespoke courses and these have already been successfully introduced at a primary school.
“Education is more than just exams and lessons,” said Anne, from Bacup.
“We teach children about healthy eating, we make PE compulsory, but we don’t teach them how to manage life and how to have a healthy mind.
“I can provide one-to-one sessions, workshops and training. These give children the skills to manage their own thoughts and feelings so that they feel better and they can improve their health and wellbeing.”
The programme doesn’t just assist pupils, Anne also runs stress management and wellbeing training for teachers and involves parents in the work she carries out with the pupils.
“We know that children who are happy and healthy learn better,” said Anne. “If pupils feel in control of their thoughts and emotions, they are better able to cope with stressful situations like exam pressures, they are more able to learn and behaviour in the classroom improves.”
Anne is a clinical hypnotherapist and has run her own business In Mind Therapies for the last year. She is an accredited complimentary therapist and is soon to complete her mindfulness teacher training.
She decided on a career change after having her children and being a part-time carer for her grandmother.
“I became interested in psychological therapies and I spent a long time researching,” said Anne.
“A lot of my work is dealing with anxiety, stress and depression. If those issues are dealt with in primary school then the young person can cope better in high school and it helps them feel more in control as an adult.
“Recently I have had a number of young clients with depression and anxiety and they have been able to significantly improve their wellbeing after just a few sessions.
“I would like to see the time when all schools are forward thinking and provide proactive ways of supporting pupils’ health and wellbeing.
“Too often the link between learning behaviour and emotional wellbeing is not understood. Schools are often not equipped to give pupils specialised help and that is where my programme offers solutions.”