The issue Narrative 4 Ireland addresses is poor youth mental health.
Our plugged-in, high pressure culture is having an effect on young Irish people. The My World Survey found that 1 in 3 young Irish people suffer from anxiety and depression and 1 in 4 suffer from stress.
The findings show positive relationships are inextricably linked to young people’s mental health
Educators need more preventive tools to support our young people’s wellbeing by putting a focus on connection; cultivating environments where relationships can flourish in kind resilient positive spaces.
In their guidelines for schools reopening in September 2020, the National Educational Psychology Service (NEPS) also highlighted the transformative power of stories in helping young people acclimatise after Covid-19:
“Stories can shape our future with research showing that telling stories of struggles that turn out well can give people the hope they need to live productive lives in the aftermath of major life challenges”.