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SAFEMinds

A suite of professional videos and resources for schools and families to enhance early intervention mental health support for children and young people.


Background

To support school communities to effectively identify and respond to the mental health needs of children and young people, the Victorian government partnered with headspace, 2and2 and the National Youth Mental Health Foundation to deliver SAFEMinds: Schools and Families Enhancing Minds.

Approach

Working with subject matter experts, we developed SAFEMinds is a professional learning and resource package for schools and families that:

  • enhances early intervention mental health support for children and young people in schools; specifically regarding mild mood disorders (anxiety and depression) and self harm;

  • increases engagement of parents and carers with schools to more effectively support their child’s mental health; and

  • develops clear and effective referral pathways between schools and community youth and mental health services.

Outcome

SAFEMinds is currently available as a training resource to all primary and secondary schools across Victoria. It targets the whole school community, including teachers, school support staff and parents and carers.

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Client

headspace

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