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.
How does the program work?
Two 3 hour online webinars. It is recommended that staff undertake the training on consecutive days.
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. The program will return to a one-day, face-to-face format when possible.
Completing SAFEMinds: Schools and Families Enhancing Minds – live webinar during COVID-19 will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Completing SAFEMinds: Schools and Families Enhancing Minds (face to face) will contribute 7 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 4.1.2, 4.4.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
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 advisors, 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.
Here is 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.”
How to register?
We are also seeking expressions of interest for future training dates. Please register your interest here.
If you have questions or would like to discuss SAFEMinds, please contact the SAFEMinds Education & Training Consultant at NSWworkshops@headspace.org.au