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Wellness in schools

Written by on April 26, 2015 in Learning, Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

picIs it possible to promote health and wellbeing in schools? Can schools make a difference to the wellbeing and resilience of students? The simple answer is: yes.

As our community becomes increasingly aware of the need to nurture personal wellbeing, schools are also embracing programs that support the mental health of students.

Schools have a crucial role in building young people’s resilience, self esteem and sense of competence, and they can act as a safety net and assist in protecting children from circumstances that may permanently affect their learning, development and wellbeing.

For over a decade, Principals Australia Institute has been partnering with schools to promote wellbeing.

KidsMatter Primary was developed collaboratively by Principals Australia Institute, the Australian Psychological Society and beyondblue, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and beyondblue.

KidsMatter Primary is an Australian school-based initiative that aims to:

  • improve student mental health and wellbeing
  • reduce mental health difficulties among students
  • increase support for students experiencing mental health difficulties.

Established as a pilot project in 2006, there are now more than 2,500 schools involved in KidsMatter Primary across the country.

MindMatters is a mental health initiative for secondary schools that aims to improve the mental health of young people.

It is a ‘framework’, in that it provides structure, guidance and support while enabling schools to build their own mental health strategy to suit their unique circumstances.

Like KidsMatter Primary, the framework is structured around four key components:

  • Component 1: Positive school community
  • Component 2: Student skills for resilience
  • Component 3: Parents and families
  • Component 4: Support for students experiencing mental health difficulties.

MindMatters provides school staff with blended professional learning that includes online resources, face-to-face events, webinars and support. All content has been informed by strong evidence in the area of school mental health and wellbeing.

And supporting wellbeing isn’t just important for students. Wellbeing programs are also vital for principals, teachers and school staff.

workON is for leaders and middle managers who are concerned about staff health and wellbeing and seek to initiate or add to an existing staff health and wellbeing strategy.

Modelling sustainable and healthy ways of operating is critical. workON gives practical strategies that can work in schools and other workplaces.

To find out more about how Principals Australia Institute can support wellbeing in your school go to www.pai.edu.au or call 08 8394 2100.

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