The wellbeing of children and young people is supported when teachers, parents and carers have improved knowledge and skills in knowing how to recognise, respond to and support them when they experience mental health concerns. It is this partnership between the school and the family that is essential in ensuring children and young people can make the most of their educational opportunities.
Parents and carers also have a duty of care to inform the school if they have concerns for their child or if circumstances at school are affecting their child’s mental health. To assist with this, SAFEMinds: At Home was developed for parents and carers to provide them with a variety of information and resources that will assist them to identify, inquire and take appropriate action to reach out for support if they are concerned about their child.
SAFEMinds also encourages schools to engage, communicate and assist their parent and carer community to understand their role in supporting their child’s mental health and wellbeing; and connect them with their school and local community resources when needed.