iFred Heads to Ireland to Celebrate Youth Graduating Hope Program and Release Research on Teen Depression and Anxiety Prevention

Ireland Students Graduate Schools for Hope

Hope is tangible and teachable. It is an essential ingredient for a successful life trajectory

Ulster University, Magee Campus in Northern Ireland is hosting The Schools for Hope Conference on 26th June, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm to present to graduate students exciting new and innovative hope research based on iFred’s “Schools for Hope” curriculum. The program is an original curriculum project led by The Health Improvement Service of the Western Health & Social Care Trust (WHSCT) in partnership with the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred), The Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership(OWNRP) and Community partners, Ulster University (UU) and local Primary and Secondary schools in the area. The conference is open to the public through online registration, and iFred plans to livestream, via their Facebook page, from 9 am to 3 pm.

A pilot program was implemented over a ten-week period in five primary schools and two secondary schools in the Derry and Strabane areas, and was realized with a unique partnership model and as an effective Community Planning example of collaborative action involving the Community, Local Schools and Health and Education statutory bodies. The tailored International Program was researched, planned, developed and delivered by the WHSCT and the community and monitored and evaluated by Ulster University. The research from the pilot program will be presented at The Schools for Hope Program on June 26th with the highlight undoubtedly being the International Program Founder Kathryn Goetzke and colleagues Myron L. Belfer, MD, MPA and Kristy L. Stark, M.A., Ed.M., BCBA as keynote speakers at the Conference.


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