Mental health and resilience initiatives
Aussie Optimism Program (external site) – An evidence-based mental health promotion program for children in primary and lower secondary schools. It teaches practical skills and strategies relating to social and emotional well-being in children, and makes use of empirically validated psychological and educational techniques.
Beyondblue (external site) – A range of programs for use in early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and tertiary settings. These programs emphasise proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced children.
Blackdog Institute (external site) – A not for profit organisation leading work in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression, bipolar disorder and suicide. The organisation focuses on the rapid translation of quality research into improved clinical practice, increased accessibility for consumers, and delivery of long-term public health solutions. They provide a range of free curriculum resources.
Bullying. No Way! (external site) – Promotes working together to create environments where every student and school community member is safe, supported, respected, valued—and free from bullying. The site provides a wide range of games, classroom resources, downloads and facts.
Everybody’s different (external site) – Details how to apply the self-esteem approach in schools, community settings and clinical situations to improve body image conceptions, prevent eating disorders and obesity, as well as foster health, nutrition and media literacy.
Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships (external site) – Curriculum support for teachers regarding relationship and sexual health education for young people. This website was developed in partnership between the Department of Education and the Department of Health.
Headspace (external site) (School Support) – Works with school communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from suicide. The service is flexible and is designed to respond to the individual needs of schools. Support is provided by working with relevant education bodies, local headspace Centres and other service providers.
KidsMatter (external site) – A mental health and well-being framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. KidsMatter provides the proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.
MindMatters (external site) – Helps schools to support young people to achieve their goals, build relationships and cope with challenges. MindMatters is a framework that aims to promote mental health, prevent problems and enable early intervention.
National Centre Against Bullying | Alannah and Madeline Foundation (external site) – News, research, information and resources to combat bullying. Also links to the e-Smart program which provides a framework to help Australian schools manage cyber safety and deal with bullying.
Resourceful Adolescent Program (external site) – A resilience building program for adolescents aimed at preventing depression.
Reach Out (external site) – A website for young people created by the Inspire Foundation, providing a range of information on mental health, sexuality, body image and many other issues of importance to young people
Raising Children Network (external site) – Evidence based information created by experts in partnership with parents. This site contains information about children and young people across the age spectrum from birth to young adulthood as well as information for adults about being a parent, partner or grandparent. The information includes videos, graphics and printed material.
Smiling Mind (external site) – Modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives.
Triple P (external site) – The Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent, as well as treat, behavioural and emotional problems in children and teenagers.
Ybblue (external site) – The youth Beyondblue initiative targets young people aged 12 to 25 and family and friends who are concerned about someone they care about. Includes matters such as: mental health, bullying, cyberbullying, body image and a range of other issues concerning young people.
Australian Childhood Foundation (external site) – A range of resources including books, posters, training documents and guides to assist professionals to support children from traumatised backgrounds (see for example, Making Space for Learning: Trauma Informed Practice in Schools). The foundation also provides access to online training and offer courses and workshops for professionals.
Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation (2013) – This book provides an in-depth understanding of self-regulation across five domains (biological, emotional, cognitive, social and pro-social) with strategies and example for enhancing skills in students. Pearson Publishing.
Reach Out.Com Professionals (external site) – Recommendations and advice for youth support workers, health professionals and school staff 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 well-being and resilience. The site provides information and practical advice on using ReachOut.com in work with young people including the evidence behind ReachOut.com as a resource.
WA Health Promoting Schools Association (external site) – Advocates and supports a whole school and community approach to health and wellbeing. The Association achieves this through education, coordination and collaboration with school communities and health agencies. Website provides resources on the Health Promoting School Approach as well as links to other programs, articles and research.
Young Minds Matter (external site) – Information for parents, young people and researchers on the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (2015)