SAFEMinds (Schools and Families Enhancing Minds)

SAFEMinds program for schools

As part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen wellbeing within NSW public schools, we have partnered with headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, to deliver SAFEMinds (Schools And Families Enhancing Minds)

What is SAFEMinds?

The SAFEMinds program offers training and resources for primary and secondary schools to help make it easier for them to identify children and young people with early signs of mental health issues, and offer them school-based interventions and/or external referrals.

The training is focused on the NIP it in the bud approach to intervention:

  • NOTICE changes in mood and behaviour that may indicate a child or young person is having difficulties managing emotional distress
  • INQUIRE sensitively and competently about the child or young person's circumstances
  • PLAN appropriate first steps and referrals within or outside the school setting to support the child or young person.

Image: NIP it in the bud!

Who should attend?

Schools should nominate staff members who have responsibility for wellbeing, and who have capacity to influence the implementation of SAFEMinds. Wellbeing team members and coordinators, principals, teachers, year advisers, student support officers, school counselling staff and school services staff should be encouraged to attend.

It is recommended that at least two staff members per school undertake the training. The aim is that these staff members become “champions” who embed the framework into existing processes and build capacity across the wider school community.

Learn more about SAFEMinds NIP it in the Bud

How to register

Future training opportunities for SAFEMinds are currently being confirmed. Please email to register your interest.


The SAFEMinds training program was designed as a one-day, face-to-face course, but due to COVID-19 restrictions has been adapted to an online format.

Training is currently being offered online but still as a one-day session.

Completing SAFEMinds: In Practice is a recognised 7 hours of Elective Professional Development mapped to the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher.: 4.1.2, 4.4.2 & 6.2.2

Training participants must attend the full hours of training to receive a certificate of completion.

If you have questions or would like to discuss SAFEMinds, please contact the SAFEMinds Education & Training Consultant at

What some of the participants have said so far:

“An extremely valuable program and I think schools will really benefit from it!”
“Really interesting, useful and well-presented. And the resources are practical, relevant and really well-thought out.”
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