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Mental Health in Schools

Overview 

The purpose of this page is to give an overview of the role of schools in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of students and to outline where relevant guidance and programs can be found. 

Summary

  • Schools provide a positive and nurturing environment for students to develop confidence, social skills and healthy life habits.
  • By building high resilience, schools equip students with the skills and strategies they need to tackle current and future challenges to their wellbeing and mental health.
  • Schools also play a role in identifying signs of mental health issues, providing early support, and referring students to health services.
  • The Mental Health Toolkit has been developed to support schools to improve the mental health and wellbeing of students and  draws from existing Department resources, guidance and programs.
  • The Department has also created the Schools Mental Health Fund and evidence-based Menu, which aims to give schools the confidence to select, purchase and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students, while also connecting with specialist services where required.

Advice

Mental Health Toolkit

The Mental Health Toolkit provides guidance to schools on:

Schools Mental Health Fund and Menu

In recognition of the important role schools play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, the Department has created the Schools Mental Health Fund and Menu.

Schools will receive funding to purchase items from the Schools Mental Health Menu. The Menu is an evidence-based list of endorsed programs, staff and other supports that will be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of students in line with the individual needs and priorities of the school.

For detailed guidance and further information, refer to the Department’s Mental Health Fund and Menu Policy.

How to identify signs of mental health issues, provide early support, refer students to health services and provide a positive and nurturing environment for students to manage their condition

Reviewed 24 November 2021

Policy last updated

10 September 2021

Scope

  • Schools

Contact

Mental Health Reform Unit

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