A new, unified approach to mental health in education
From late 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 later this year.
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.
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 email@example.com