The beyondblue National Education Initiative

A new, unified approach to mental health in education

From August 2018, beyondblue will lead a new National Education Initiative with support from headspace and Early Childhood Australia, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. 

This new initiative will transform Australia’s approach to child and youth mental health care by providing a single end-to-end school and service-based mental health framework. Covering the continuum from early childhood to secondary school, it will support mental health promotion and suicide prevention activity. 

The initiative will integrate and build on the strengths and evidence-based principles of key existing Commonwealth Government mental health initiatives being delivered in education settings. 

These initiatives are:

A seamless handover

Educators can be assured that KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters will continue as part of the new National Education Initiative and will continue to be available in their current form until the new initiative launches in August 2018.

From January 2018, headspace facilitators will deliver KidsMatter and MindMatters to primary and secondary schools, while Early Childhood Australia facilitators will deliver KidsMatter Early Childhood. Schools and early childhood centres are welcome to join KidsMatter and MindMatters initiatives during the handover period. 

Pre-service training

beyondblue will continue to provide Response Ability resources to university lecturers and course facilitators who provide pre-service training to future educators, through to mid-2018. The Response Ability website will continue to be the primary information source for the pre-service training sector.

Lecturers and facilitators requesting resources will need to contact beyondblue rather than the Hunter Institute of Mental Health. beyondblue will be working with the Hunter Institute of Mental Health to provide specific information to the pre-service training sector.

For more information

beyondblue will continue to provide updates to this page with relevant information as it becomes available. 

Enquiries about the new National Education Initiative should be directed to bbnei@beyondblue.org.au

Frequently asked questions

Why is this change happening?

The new National Education Initiative was announced in response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programs and Services.

As per the recommendations from the review, existing child mental health services will consolidate into a single integrated end-to-end school based mental health initiative.

The program will integrate key existing Commonwealth Government mental health promotion and suicide prevention and response initiatives being delivered in education settings: pre-service training in University and VET settings, KidsMatter Early Childhood and Primary, MindMatters, and Post Suicide Support.

Who is funding the new National Education Initiative?

This initiative is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. 

What happens next?

beyondblue is currently establishing the new National Education Initiative. This will involve setting up governance groups and different avenues to consult with schools, services and teaching staff on the initiative's design.

When will the new initiative be available in my school? 

In August 2018, the National Education Initiative will launch, integrating KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters.

Until then, new schools and early childhood and care centres are most welcome and encouraged to join KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters during the handover phase. 

Will our school’s progress with KidsMatter and/or MindMatters be recognised in the new initiative?

Progress that schools and early childhood centres have made under the existing initiatives will carry over into the new National Education Initiative.

To help plan professional development, what will be available for my school in 2018?

KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters will continue to be available through to August 2018. In August 2018, a new initiative which integrates KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters will be launched.

All schools and early childhood and care centres can be assured and confident that KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters will be available until August 2018, and can continue to implement KidsMatter Primary, KidsMatter Early Childhood and MindMatters professional development and learning in their schools and services.

Who will be involved in delivering on the ground support? 

From January 2018, headspace facilitators will be delivering KidsMatter and MindMatters to primary and secondary schools and Early Childhood Australia facilitators will deliver KidsMatter Early Childhood.

How can I/we get involved in the development and planning of the new initiative?

Join beyondblue’s Education Voices

We’re looking for school and early learning staff, and tertiary education students to help us build the best possible national mental health in education framework. If you’re a teacher, educator, principal, school counsellor, student teacher, or have any other role in a school or early learning service, we’d love to hear from you.

What’s involved?

We want your opinions, thoughts and ideas, and the benefit of your experience. You’ll have the opportunity to answer some questions we have and will also be able to review material before it’s published, to make sure we’ve got it right. We know your time is valuable, and we value it too. Your involvement can be as little or as much as you want it to be, and you can come and go at any time. You don’t need to have any experience in or knowledge of mental health.

To join

Please complete your details here and we’ll be in touch.

Will the National Education Initiative include information about suicide?

beyondblue will roll out an initiative that supports educators and the broader school community with how to deal with a suicide.

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