Beyond Blue is currently developing new content for our MindMatters website, which is a mental health initiative for secondary schools that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
This new content will focus on the important topic of building inclusive schools, including information about some specific school populations that we want to highlight. These populations are young people with a disability, LGBTI young people, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse young people, and young people who live in rural and remote areas.
We are inviting our blueVoices members to share examples of tiny actions that can or have made students feel like they belong—or don’t belong—at school, to include in the website content.
These may be things that you remember from your own school days (past or current!) or have heard about from other people, and may be about something a teacher did or something that a student experienced. And the examples may be about the experiences of people in one of the groups we want to highlight, or just about inclusion broadly.
These stories will help show teachers and others working in schools the practical ways that they can support young people to feel a sense of belonging.
Stories that we use on the website will be shown alongside your first name and state. If you would like to use an alternative name, or remain anonymous, you can let us know this when you submit your story.
You can provide as many stories as you like. Twenty to thirty words is ideal for each story.
Some examples are below;
- For LGBTI young people; It was awkward when we had school dances, and they always talked in terms of boys and girls. I wished they’d just said partners.
- For Culturally and Linguistically Diverse young people; Whenever we had parent events, the principal would put on music from the different family cultures in our school. It always put a smile on people’s faces.
- For young people with a disability; My English teacher used to phone my mum and work out a special plan for me, something that I could keep up with. I knew she cared.