SAFEMinds is underpinned by the NIP it in the bud! early intervention approach.
NIP it in the bud! is easy to follow and supports the whole school community to:
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 possible referrals within or outside the school setting to support the child or young person.
NIP it in the bud! provides a whole school approach to recognising and responding to early warning signs of depression, anxiety and emotional distress communicated through self harm. It is founded on a range of evidence based child and adolescent mental health resources and aims to provide schools and families with the right information and approach to optimise wellbeing and minimise risks for children and young people within the school setting.
There is also a toolkit of resources available to help the whole school community apply the NIP it in the bud! early intervention approach. It includes a range of tip sheets, mapping tools, individual plans, brief intervention kits and supporting resources.