World’s Largest Mental Health Awareness Lesson

On Friday 9 November, the NSW Department of Education broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the World's Largest Mental Health Awareness Lesson. This official attempt earned a place in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for Stage 5 students and their PDHPE teachers.

Catch up on the highlights on Facebook and YouTube.

Event details

Date: Friday 9 November 2018

Time: 10:30am-12pm

Venue: Quaycentre, Sydney Olympic Park and live streamed online

The event will introduce Stage 5 students (Years 9 and 10) to the concept of building mental fitness and help-seeking behaviours. This is also an opportunity to raise state-wide and national awareness of mental health through the excitement and competition of a world record challenge.

Students will take part in a 40 minute interactive mental health lesson developed as part of the new K-10 PDHPE syllabus. The lesson is being delivered as part of a full morning's 'fitness focused' entertainment experience from students and celebrity performers.

Get Social

Join the conversation taking place on social media and share your experience of the event with #largestmentalhealthlesson. The event was livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. Join the conversation on Twitter. Photos on social media tagged with #largestmentalhealthlesson are featured here on our website.


If you or anyone you know needs advice or support, the following online and phone services are available to help:



Kids Helpline

Beyond Blue

You can also speak to a professional, such as a school counsellor, psychologist or GP.


The NSW Government schools that registered to attend or view the Largest Mental Health Awareness Lesson have received access to a Stage 5 unit of work focusing on mental health literacy, resilience and help seeking strategies that has been mapped to the new K-10 PDHPE syllabus. This is accompanied by a professional learning webinar for staff that will further explore the unit of work.


The NSW Department of Education would like to thank all those who were involved with this event including:

Adam Gilchrist

Advocate for Children and Young People

Albury High School

All schools and students participating live and online

Alyssa Cass

Andrew Hansen

Andrew Lambrou

Arlo Sim

Avigalle Mendoza


Black Dog Institute

Buia David

Butterfly Foundation

Caitlin Nilon

Cameron Murray

Chief Entertainment

Chloe Parsons

Cody Ettingshausen

Cyrus Villanueava

Daniel Macpherson

Dulwich High School of Visual Art and Design

Elizabeth Player

Ella Victoria

Emma Swanson

Grace Huynh

Grant Denyer


Ian Kenny

Jai Waetford

James Polutele

Janice Atkin

Jared Smith

Kiera Austin

Kim Harper

Kiya Slockee

Kristen Douglas

Lachlan Wheeler

Leah Berry

Liam Smith

MacIntyre High School

Mental Health Commission of NSW

Mighty Car Mods

Nekeisha Vos

Olina Loau

Olivia Phyland

Pedro Donoso


Rhiana Perkins

Ronan Keating

Ruhi Lavaki


Schools Spectacular

Shelayna Boorer

Smiling Mind

Strathfield Girls High School

Support staff, volunteers and teachers

Sydney Secondary College, Balmain Campus

Tara Lide

Toormina High School

WayAhead - Mental Health Association NSW

World’s Largest Mental Health Awareness Advisory Group

World’s Largest Mental Health Awareness Project Team

yourtown (Kids Helpline)

Zippy Corser-Anu

Zoe Brown

360 Sport and Entertainment

Contact us

For additional information, email or call 02 9266 8643.

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