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Mind, Body & Spirit

In response to the increased mental health challenges faced by teenagers during the pandemic, Agora International Schools launched the Mind, Body and Spirit programme with the focus on developing physical and mental health of students by teaching techniques that will help them to understand their sense of self and their ability to make sense of feelings of uncertainty, isolation and fear of the unknown.

The programme is hosted by Agora Andorra International School at the Agora Expedition Centre, where students can spend time in beautiful natural surroundings and fresh air - and in the welcoming residential boarding accommodation. Activities focus on emotional fatigue, adaptation to change, stress management, empathy, resilience, cultural tolerance and concentration and students acquire or develop orienteering and survival skills, working in teams. Experts lead seminars in personal growth and self-improvement with messages and content designed for this age group.

Why do we need wellbeing for mind, body and spirit? The effect of the pandemic

Where exactly is the origin of this maelstrom of mental health problems that has been unleashed in children and adolescents since the pandemic began? In the words of Azucena Díez, the numbers of psychlogical emergencies in children and teenagers have increased by 50% and that these figures are the tip of iceberg in what lies ahead.  The programme creates opportunities for students to develop a toolbox to combat mental health problems developing, and uses skills and competencies such as these below as a vehicle for building firm foundations and self-confidence:

  • orienteering
  • establishing healthy routines
  • mindfulness
  • survival skills
  • trekking
  • stargazing and astronomy
  • ginkana 

Much of the blame lies with the continuous changes in their social routines, as well as the anxiety and stress caused by concerns about the health situation. Uncertainty has been, perhaps, one of the most determining and difficult factors to manage, to which must be added the distance from their most habitual care-givers, especially grandparents, the reduction in outdoor activity, the absence of routines or the abuse of screens, among others", said the expert last June.

Azucena Díez, President of the Spanish Society of Child Psychiatry in the AEP