Mental wellbeing for Barrhead Girlguides

Jacqueline Stables
Jacqueline Stables

A young woman from Neilston attended a special training day for Girlguiding’s new mental wellbeing and resilience badge programme in Sheffield this weekend.

Jacqueline Stables, 23, joined 100 fellow Girlguiding members, all aged 14 to 25, at the event at The Hilton Hotel to receive training on how to deliver the new badge to girls in her area.

Developed by Girlguiding with support from youth mental health experts YoungMinds, Think Resilient uses interactive activities to help girls find positive ways of dealing with pressures and challenges in their lives.

The badge programme was created following requests from girls, and will be delivered by young women in a supportive peer environment.

As a member of Girlguiding’s innovative Peer Education programme, Jacqueline will be able to deliver Think Resilient to girls and young women in her area.

Jacqueline, an Assistant Leader with the 1st Barrhead Senior Section Unit, said: “When I read Girlguiding’s research on girls’ mental health and wellbeing I was shocked at the stark statistics.”

“So I jumped at the opportunity to be part of the Think Resilient training in Sheffield. It was brilliant to meet Peer Educators from across the UK and to try out some of the new activities.”

“Now I’m equipped to run Think Resilient sessions and I’m really excited to pass on what I’ve learned to as many girls as possible.”

The sessions will help girls to understand what resilience means, introduce techniques for positive thinking, celebrate their strengths, achievements and identify their support networks.

Girlguiding’s Chief Guide, Gill Slocombe said: “Girlguiding listens to girls and we’ve created this inspiring new resource as a direct response to what girls told us they need.”