Helpful contacts and websites for educators

Aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and associated drug and alcohol problems among young people. The website includes fact sheets on a range of topics from bullying to cannabis use and eating disorders. It talks about treatments, ways to get help and lists helplines and online support for young people.

Professional learning opportunities

Headstrong

The creative way of thinking, talking, and teaching about mood disorders and resilience. It is a free to download curriculum resource for Health and Physical Education teachers. Headstrong is implemented by Black Dog Institute.

MindMatters

A whole school mental health and wellbeing framework, offering tools and free professional learning for all secondary school communities. Implemented by Principals Australia Institute.

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

A world-leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on the mental health of young people. Orygen has a dedicated Skills & Knowledge Division which concentrates on growing the capacity of Australia’s youth mental health workforce with an emphasis on accessible expertise and innovation. They offer comprehensive training packages and resources for youth mental health workers, workforce and service development and graduate qualifications in youth mental health. 

Response Ability

Response Ability aims to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people through the education of pre-service teachers; an initiative of the Department of Health and Ageing, implemented by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health.

SenseAbility eLearning

SenseAbility e-learning is a free professional learning program designed for the education, health and community sectors. It was developed to assist teachers and others who work with young people in delivering SenseAbility and, in particular, the Essential Skills module.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Provides information about Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course contents, audience and how to find a course running in your local area. An information sheet can be downloaded from this page for circulating among school staff. The YMHFA course teaches adults who are working or living with adolescents (those aged between 12 and 18 years) how to recognise and assist when a young person is developing a mental health problem or experiences a mental health crisis.

Australian partners in wellbeing in secondary schools

These organisations work together to provide schools with various entry points to mental health and wellbeing. The resources, training and support provided is aligned with domains of school professional practice and assist educators to see mental health in a holistic context.

ReachOut Professionals

ReachOut Professionals provides recommendations and advice for youth support workers, health workers and education professionals on a range of online interventions, tools and resources that can be used to support young people experiencing mental health difficulties and to build young people's wellbeing and resilience. The service also has online and accredited professional development on using e-mental health services in work with young people.

Additional resources

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation

A national charity protecting children from violence and its devastating effects. The website has resources and programs available to support parents, carers and schools to keep children safe.

Bullying. No Way!

Provides information about bullying and strategies on how teachers and parents can work together to tackle the issue.

The Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders

The Butterfly Foundation provides support for Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image issues and their carers. Butterfly provides online, email and phone support services, education programs for young people, professionals and carers, and speakers for events and conferences.

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)

COPMI promotes better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness by developing information for parents, their partners, carers, family and friends in support of these children. This information complements online training courses developed by COPMI for professionals to support families either individually or through community services and programs.

e-hub Assist

Helpful resources for people who use e-hub services and e-facilitators who support others to use e-hub's online self-help programs such as MoodGYM and e-couch.
It can be used by many people including mental health professionals, other health professionals, teachers, youth workers, carers and support workers.

Mental Health First Aid Guidelines

Mental Health First Aid Guidelines describe how members of the public can provide evidence-based metal health first aid strategies to assist individuals developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. You can download the Guidelines for free on their website.

Peer Support

Peer Support Australia provides school communities with an evidence-based, peer-led approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of young people. The Peer Support Program is an integrated school based program for both primary and secondary students and its website provides workshops and resources to teachers and schools.

ReachOut.com

ReachOut.com provides practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times.

Think u know

A guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people. This website aims to help parents, carers and teachers keep young people safe in the online environment.