Mental health and wellbeing webinars
Learn how to recognise and improve mental health and wellbeing in children, families and staff.
In response to sector feedback calling for tools to recognise and improve mental health and wellbeing in children, the NSW Department of Education has engaged Be You Early Childhood, Safer Communities, and Smiling Mind to run a series of free mental health and wellbeing webinars.
The webinars will provide practical tools and guidance in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children, staff and families. Participants will be able to interact through polls and questions during the webinar.
Registration for the webinars will open 10am Friday 15 May 2020.
In order to maximise audience interaction, registrations for each session are limited to the first 200 participants, however recordings of all three webinars will be posted in our multimedia library and on our Facebook page in July 2020.
Following these webinars, participants will be able to:
identify common mental health issues in children and educators and understand risk and protective factors for mental health
understand the importance of early intervention to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for children and how to implement tools for early identification of mental health and wellbeing concerns
appreciate the role of mentally healthy communities in fostering overall mental wellness in children and educators
explore mindfulness and its role in improving overall wellbeing in educators and children
- demonstrate best practice in meeting the requirements of Quality Area 2 (children’s health and safety), Quality Area 4 (staffing arrangements), Quality Area 5 (relationships with children) and Quality Area 6 (collaborative partnerships with families and communities).
Delivered by Be You, this webinar will cover:
what a mentally healthy community looks like
risk and protective factors for mental health
social-emotional learning and resilience
self-care and wellbeing at work
practical tools for mental health in the early years.
Be You is a national initiative that promotes mental health and wellbeing from early years to 18 years.
Delivered by Safer Communities, this webinar will cover:
a theoretical background of mental health in an early childhood setting, and tools for identifying mental health concerns
identifying and managing anxiety in children, as well as evidence-based interventions
the importance of early intervention in improving a child’s quality of life
tools for communicating with others effectively in order to support families and build respectful relationships
the importance of educator wellbeing, and practical tools for embedding positive staff wellbeing practices in early childhood education settings.
Safer Communities offers practical and evidence-based training in mental health first aid and mental health education, with the goal of improving mental health literacy.
Delivered by Smiling Mind, this webinar will cover:
mindfulness and why it is important
the research benefits of mindfulness
the importance of educators establishing and maintaining their own personal mindfulness practices
mindfulness for social and emotional learning
bringing mindfulness into an early learning environment
how parents and children can build mindfulness skills as a family.
Smiling Mind are a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve mental health, wellbeing, and resilience through the regular practice of mindfulness meditation.
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