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:


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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 sessions, run on the same day or a fortnight apart.

Each session is delivered online (e.g. Teams or Zoom) by two trained facilitators.

Training is offered to groups of up to 24 participants per session, and 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 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 other 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:

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