In 2016 Youth Work Ireland launched Be Well: A Support Pack for Young People to Identify and Address Anxiety. This 90-minute activity session aims at supporting young people to gain knowledge and skills to identify and address anxiety in their lives. The pack was launched by Youth Work Ireland’s Wellbeing Squad of young people at the Irish Youth Music Awards National Day in the Aviva Stadium and was part of Youth Work Ireland's year-long campaign on mental health Well Being 2016.
The Be Well Pack was written by youth worker Leighann Ryan Culleton from Youth Work Ireland Member Service Carlow Regional Youth Service, has been piloted with nearly 350 young people, volunteers and staff; and has been externally reviewed by clinical psychologists. It is influenced by the Friends Resilience Programme, a World Health Organisation recognised programme of support to encourage resiliency and address anxiety. Be Well also uses the well-known 5-A-Day approach to mental wellbeing namely CONNECT – BE ACTIVE – TAKE NOTICE – KEEP LEARNING – GIVE to help young people build resilience and learn ways to cope with everyday anxiety. It is hoped that this pack will help support over 100,000 young people across Ireland to identify when and what makes them feel anxious, learn what to do to address this and where necessary get additional supports.