In 2013, headspace partnered with the Victorian Department of Education to develop SAFEMinds: Schools and Families Enhancing Minds, a comprehensive professional learning and resource package that enhances the capacity of educators and school communities to; effectively identify children and young people with early signs of mental health concerns, implement school-based interventions and refer to other support services as needed.
In 2014, the SAFEMinds program was awarded the ‘Mental Health Educator Excellence Award’ at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards and an international ‘Best in Class (Healthcare) Award’ at the Interactive Media Awards.
headspace Schools has been delivering SAFEMinds across the Victorian government education workforce since 2013. In 2020, the SAFEMinds program expanded its reach through dedicated funding from the New South Wales Department of Education and the Queensland Department of Education for the implementation of this professional learning package to their workforces.
headspace Schools (formerly known as headspace School Support) is a national workforce that supports, engages and partners with education and health sectors across Australia, to build the mental health literacy and capacity of workforces. Our workforce is made up of highly skilled education and clinical professionals who deliver our professional learning packages and services. headspace Schools is a nationwide division of headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
The early intervention strategies assist children and young people with emerging mental health concerns before they develop into more serious illnesses or other associated problems.
SAFEMinds aims to:
SAFEMinds Online aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of the whole school community about the many different forms of emotional distress children and young people may experience, and how these might be presented. It uses a series of immersive, video-based experiences and personal stories of children and young people, their families and teachers.
Student wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention are high priorities for state governments. In recognition of this, the SAFEMinds program is available in various educational jurisdictions to build the capacity of staff to effectively respond to students with mental health concerns to support the long-term wellbeing and educational outcomes for students.
Yes. SAFEMinds: At Home provides parents and carers with information and resources to assist them to support their child and take appropriate action to reach out for support if they are concerned about their mental health and wellbeing.
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