Mental health and wellbeing webinars

Learn how to recognise and improve mental health and wellbeing in children, families and staff.

14 May 2020

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.

Webinar outcomes

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).

Webinar details

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.

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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.

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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.

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Smiling Mind are a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve mental health, wellbeing, and resilience through the regular practice of mindfulness meditation. 

  • Health and safety
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