Supporting our students' mental health

All staff have a role to play in supporting the mental health of students at the universal level. Supporting our Students’ Mental Health will provide you with the foundational knowledge and practical skills you need to effectively support all students.

This is a program designed specifically to meet the needs of NSW public schools. Through the training you will learn about:

Theory

  • mental health ‘continuum’, risk factors and protective factors, and how mental health is influenced by a child or young person’s development and key transition points
  • relationship between students’ mental health and their learning outcomes.

Practical

  • a simple model of practical skills for recognising student mental health needs (‘see’) and responding to, and supporting, all students (‘say, ‘do’)
  • self-care and wellbeing strategies to support your own mental health

Knowledge

  • where, and when, to refer students for other available supports
  • other professional learning available to further develop your knowledge and skills in this area.

Cost and training

This is a FREE program for NSW Department of Education staff.

Supporting our Students’ Mental Health consists of two, 90-minute modules, run on the same day or up to one week apart.

The training is delivered by 2 trained facilitators, either:

  • online (e.g. Teams or Zoom) to groups of up to 24 participants
  • in-person (where local facilitators are available) to groups of up to 60 participants.

For larger cohorts, multiple sessions can be run consecutively or concurrently.

Schools are encouraged to involve as many of their staff as possible and undertake the training as a whole school cohort. The aim is to promote and embed whole-school practices that enhance student wellbeing outcomes. This means it is also intended for student support officers, school counselling service and other wellbeing team staff, even if they are already participated in training in student mental health.

This professional learning is Elective PD, aligned with Australian Professional Teaching Standards 1.1.2, 4.1.2, 4.4.2, 6.2.2

Under the transition arrangements, teachers due to complete their maintenance cycle in 2021 and 2022 are able to use Elective PD to fulfil their PD requirements.

Registration and enquiries

NSW Department of Education staff can:


Interested in becoming a Facilitator?

Staff who are school-based, or provide direct support to schools, and have interest and experience in supporting schools to enhance student mental health and wellbeing are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be invited to attend online facilitator training in the remote delivery of the professional learning. Following successful completion of the facilitator training, facilitators may choose to up-skill in the in-person delivery format of the PL.

The 4.5-hour online facilitator training in the remote delivery of the PL will involve participation in Supporting our Students’ Mental Health professional learning modules, learning about the delivery and technologies, and a brief written and verbal task for successful completion of the training. The in-person upskill is a self-paced learning activity involving the completion of a 30-minute webinar and associated readings.

Once you have completed the facilitator training, you will be expected to:

  • present the 2 x 90-minute Supporting our Students' Mental Health modules, at least twice each year

  • provide support to staff to embed evidence-informed practice in supporting student mental health at their school

  • support participants during the delivery of sensitive content

We will be offering an opportunity each term for this training which will be delivered online. The next scheduled training date is Tuesday 8 November 2022 (applications due by 28 October).

How to apply

Please submit an application, via Microsoft Forms, which includes uploading the completed Expression of interest.

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