How DISCOVER works

How we deliver DISCOVER in school sixth forms

The DISCOVER programme usually runs during the autumn or spring school term. The team will be involved with each school sixth form for around four months. We always schedule the programme in partnership with the school to fit timetables, and maximise staff and student participation.

To build an awareness of each participating student’s wellbeing and mental health needs, we meet the students individually before the workshop and then reassess their needs three months after the workshop. This enables us to identify and address mental health needs and any risks, evaluate the programme impact, and signpost students to further help if required.

Programme Stages

What happens at the workshop?
At the DISCOVER workshop, the psychologists provide brief presentations and video material on stress. They lead group discussions and help students learn new techniques to manage their stress.

Each student gets a DISCOVER workbook to use within the workshop and to keep. At the end of the workshop day, students are supported to set personal goals, applying techniques that have been demonstrated during the workshop. We review their general progress by phone, and then, in an individual session, three months later.

If students have extra emotional or mental health needs, we will assist them to access specialist mental health or emotional support after the workshop. Should any concerns be identified around risks or safeguarding, the standard school procedures for this will be followed, in partnership with the school, and the relevant parties informed.

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