Positive Steps

Positive Steps is a flexible and interactive mental health promotion programme developed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust's Health Development Team.  This universal programme can be used with most groups. However, we reccommend if you are facilitating a group with specific needs eg in-patient groups, prison services etc.. That at least one facilitator has expertise in this area. Positive Steps is essentially a mental health promotion programme that brings many other benefits in addition to improving our mental health & emotional well-being.

The programme provides many exciting opportunities for people aged 12 and over to experience, for example trying something new and learning new skills; taking risks; making new connections and relationships; socialising; being creative; learning relaxation techniques; figuring out how to value yourself and how to contribute in valuable ways; improving health; knowing when and how to get help; learning all this in a fun way.

The programme originated from a list of 10 positive steps published in a concertina leaflet by the Health Education Authority 1999. The programme has since been updated and now has a greater focus on 'Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing'.

A multi-disciplinary group collaborated in the writing of this programme, as a 10-step programme that encourages people to look at life, to discover what influences their health and provides a practicle oppertunity to enhance mental health and emotional well-being.

The programme aims to:

  • To enhance confidence & self-esteem of participants
  • To improve the mental health and emotional well-being of participants
  • To offer participants the opportunity try something new, different & exciting
  • To help participants connect with family, friends & other supports around them
  • To encourage participants to acknowledge & talk about their feelings
  • To give practical solutions to learn how to manage emotions & learn how to relax
  • To be fun!

The programme has been structured around the 10 sessions. These are 8 core sessions which must be completed & 2 optional sessions.:

  1. Introduction Session 
  2. Keep Learning
  3. Connect
  4. Be Active 
  5. Give
  6. Valuing Yourself & Others
  7. Take Notice
  8. Keeping In Touch

Optional additional Sessions:

  1. Health & Wellbeing
  2. Get Creative  

For further information please contact:

Fiona Molloy
Health Development Specialist for Suicide Prevention & Prison Health       
Ards Hospital
Church Street
Newtownards
BT23 4AS

Telephone: (028) 91510182
Mobile: 07525 298 971
Email: Fiona.Molloy@setrust.hscni.net  

Natalie Killough 
Health Development Specialist for Mental Health Promotion
Lisburn Health Centre Level 5
Linenhall Street
Lisburn
BT28 1LU

Telephone: (028) 9250 1373
Mobile: 07525 898 215
Email: natalie.killough@setrust.hscni.net