A new, unified approach to mental health in education
In November 2018, beyondblue will launch a new National Education Initiative with delivery partners headspace and Early Childhood Australia, and with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
The National Education Initiative will transform Australia’s approach to child and youth mental health. It strives to give educators the skills they need to foster positive mental health, to help prevent mental health issues from arising, and to recognise and respond to mental health issues when they do occur.
It's a single, integrated national initiative to support children and young people from birth to 18, providing educators with online, evidence-based professional learning, tools and resources; a trained national workforce of consultants who provide advice and support to early learning services and schools; and an effective model for implementing whole-setting approaches – working collaboratively on targeted priorities will achieve meaningful, sustainable change.
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:
Designed with educators in mind
The National Education Initiative has been designed with the workloads, daily pressures and complexities of the roles of educators in mind, and that’s why it’s free to participants and it’s flexible, enabling participants to progress at a pace determined by their unique needs and priorities. Plus, it’s designed to complement existing initiatives and assist learning communities with important priorities and standards.
A seamless handover
Educators can be assured that KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters will continue to be available in their current form until the new initiative – which builds on the successes of these initiatives – launches later this year.
From January 2018, headspace facilitators have been delivering KidsMatter and MindMatters to primary and secondary schools, while Early Childhood Australia facilitators have been delivering KidsMatter Early Childhood. Early childhood services and schools are welcome and encouraged to join KidsMatter and MindMatters initiatives during the handover period.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org