8 - 16 October, 2022

School resources

“Childhood and adolescence are critical stages of life for mental health. This is a time when rapid growth and development take place in the brain. Children and adolescents acquire cognitive and social-emotional skills that shape their future mental health and are important for assuming adult roles in society.” – WHO

Imagine if all children were taught about mental health from a young age – how to cope with big emotions, what helps make us feel good and the importance of taking time to engage in these activities, and what to do when times are tough.

Mental health promotion is all about creating environments that promote and sustain positive mental health for everyone. That’s where you can come in. The school, and the classroom teacher, are key to promoting the mental health of children.

New school resources for 2022 are expected to be released in August/September. In the meantime, you may want to browse our general community resources and the range of other mental health resources and links that we have compiled below.

headspace Schools

headspace Schools is a national workforce that supports, engages and partners with education and health sectors across Australia, to build the mental health literacy and capacity of workforces. Learn more and access resources, here.

 

headspace have centres across Queensland. You can find your local centre here…you may want to invite someone from the centre to talk at your school.

Talking About Mental Illness

This six-part interactive classroom program from Beyond Blue explores the experiences of young people who live with mental illness. Learn more via their website.

Classroom resources by ReachOut.org

This mental health resource by ReachOut includes classroom lessons and Wellbeing Fives. Content has been designed to increase students’ knowledge of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and eating and other disorders.

Go Noodle

Go Noodle is a free online library of fun, short videos that encourage movement and cultivate mindfulness in students. Go Noodle is designed to engage students in using their bodies to energise or calm down in a short time. Visit www.gonoodle.com.

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is a web and app-based program designed for children 7 or older, (and anyone beyond). It was designed by psychologists and educators to help develop emotional awareness, emotional regulation, and social awareness skills in children using mindfulness meditation techniques. Visit www.smilingmind.com.au.

Breath Meditation for Kids video

A calming breath meditation designed to introduce kids to mindfulness. Watch YouTube video.

Understanding mental health stigma

This worksheet from PositivePsychology.com can be used in the classroom to discuss what stigma looks like and how to reduce it.

Mental Health Management Bingo

Use this bingo game from PositivePsychology.com in your classroom to support your students by building awareness of mental health at school and in daily life. Mental Health Management Bingo can be a great way to open up discussions on this key element of overall wellbeing.