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Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

North Wales Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service




FRIENDS for Life helps children and young people cope with feelings of fear, worry and sadness, by building confidence and self-esteem.   Children and young people who participate in FRIENDS for Life have been found to have increased abilities to find solutions to everyday emotional problems.   

FRIENDS for Life was developed in Australia and has been researched for over 12 years.  It is now delivered in schools throughout the world and is the only prevention programme for children and young people that is acknowledged by the World Health Organisation (2004).

The programme has been shown to improve children’s self-esteem and confidence as well as increase their ability to find solutions to everyday problems.  Research has shown that these positive effects can last up to six years later.

FRIENDS is a 10 week programme run by school based and school liaison staff, such as a School Nurse.  All group facilitators are trained in delivering the FRIENDS for Life programme.  

For more information, go to the FRIENDS website