9 - 17 October, 2021

School resources

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.

This Queensland Mental Health Week, we wanted to give you some tools to help the children in your life to feel better, so we have partnered with Twinkl. Twinkl will be creating a suite of teacher-created resources for Foundation to Year 6, including PowerPoint presentations, posters, and colouring pages. They are expected to be live on the Twinkl website by 25 September 2021. When they go live, we will update this page with links.

There are a range of other resources and links below that school staff, students and families may find useful.

If you decide to run a classroom activity, hold a special assembly or organise an event at your school, don’t forget to register it! We want to see how many schools are getting involved in QMHW. Also, if you want some event organising tips, downloading our QMHW Event Starter Kit and seeing what other resources are available, is a great place to start.

“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

Involvement ideas for schools

QMHW A5 graphic for school newsletters

QMHW activity sheet: Draw and colour

QMHW activity sheet: Mindful colouring

QMHW activity Sheet: True or False

A quick quiz to test current knowledge and lead into a discussion on mental health. The second page of the PDF has answers for the teacher and information to help promote discussion.

Student learning and wellbeing framework

The Queensland Department of Education has a ‘Student learning and wellbeing framework’ to assist schools to implement a whole school approach to supporting students’ wellbeing and mental health across the continuum—from universal promotion and prevention approaches to targeted responses to students’ mental health concerns.

 

The department also  has specific information about how to support students’ wellbeing and mental health, including:

Information for parents

Information for students

– Information for school staff.

Wellbeing Activities for Students

The activities in this workbook by the Department of Education are designed to give students themselves, as well as parents and carers and school staff suggested ways of supporting your students’ wellbeing – either at home or as part of classroom activities at school. Examples of activities include glitter jars, colourful breathing and mindful eating.

Employee Assistance Program

Queensland Department of Education staff and immediate family members wishing to access free, confidential, face-to-face or telephone counselling services for work or non-work related issues are encouraged to contact the department’s external Employee Assistance Provider, LifeWorks by Morneau Shepell’s (LifeWorks) on telephone 1800 604 640. Learn more via the Department of Education website.

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.