Publications & Resources

'FRIENDS for Life' Research Project

The ‘FRIENDS for Life’ programme is a school-based positive mental health programme. The World Health Organisation cites ‘FRIENDS for Life’ as the only evidence-based programme effective at all levels of intervention for anxiety in children. The programme helps students to develop effective strategies to deal with worry, stress and change and teaches the skills required to reduce anxiety and promote resilience. The NBSS piloted and researched the ‘FRIENDS for Life’ programme in 14 partner schools. This report presents the findings from the research project.

Check and Connect a structured adult mentoring intervention for students

Check and Connect is an evidence-based structured adult mentoring programme. The National Behaviour Support Service works with schools on the planning, implementation and mentor training needed for this intervention. The My World Survey (Dooley & Fitzpatrick, 2012)  highlighted the positive influence that One Good Adult can have in the lives of young people. Young people who had the support of One Good Adult were more connected to others, more self-confident, future looking and better able to cope with difficulties than those young people who reported that they did not have the support of One Good Adult. The NBSS Check and Connect structured adult mentoring intervention aims to promote student engagement at school and with learning. It is implemented by an adult - "one good adult'-  who is a combination of mentor and advocate.