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Mental Health Wellbeing

Mentally Healthy Schools Program

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The Mentally Healthy Schools Program provides schools with guidance, resources and training on embedding the Act-Belong-Commit ethos into the whole school setting to boost mental health and wellbeing and prevent the onset of mental health problems.

The mental health message of Act-Belong-Commit encourages children and young people to deliberately do things to look after their mental wellbeing.  Keeping mentally and physically active, having good friends, helping others and learning new things not only builds self-esteem and confidence, it also can reduce stress and help with academic outcomes.

The Mentally Healthy Schools Program is available to all schools in WA free of charge and is a simple and flexible approach to positive mental health and wellbeing.

CHAT: Changing Health Acting Together

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CHAT is a Health Promoting Schools (HPS) initiative that enables schools to develop a whole-school approach to resilience, drug and road safety education.  SDERA works with schools to help embed a comprehensive approach and develop and implement longer-term health and wellbeing initiatives.

RelaTE

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An 8-week interactive relationships and sexuality education program, designed for Years 8, 9 and 10, that covers issues including alcohol and other drugs, relationships, peer influence, assertiveness, technology and sexual assault and consent. Resources available Term 2 2016. Teacher PD available.

Mooditj: A sexual health and positive life skills program for Aboriginal young people aged 11-14 years

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A relationships and sexual health program designed for groups in Year 6, 7 or 8, where a significant number of participants are Aboriginal.

Growing Developing Healthy Relationships

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Growing Developing Healthy Relationships (GDHR) provides online curriculum support for teachers in relationships and sexual health education. The website provides Kindergarten – year 10 learning activities, background notes, recommended resources and news of current professional learning opportunities and workshop events.

Self-Esteem (SE) and Emotional Intelligence (EI)

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Full (SE) and (EI) testing with full electronic reporting for (MIS) data in Pastoral care. Intervention and Prevention programs available to use the (MIS) data effectively, using the Sports Challenge ‘world first’ experiential mentoring education programs. Programs are available in metro, country and remote locations.

Programs for ‘at risk’ students & extension leadership with a focus on creativity education

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‘World first’ mentoring experiential intervention/prevention and extension programs are available for schools and communities for identified ‘at risk’ students and for high performing potential leaders. Creativity and Innovation audits and programs available for extension students. Professional Development and training available for staff and organisations with a focus upon Innovation.

Active Schools

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Bluearth programs are all about using movement to create happy, healthy, engaged children. The Active Schools program is delivered over a school year, providing movement sessions for students and professional development for classroom teachers. The program’s long-term approach in a school guides teachers through a gradual release of responsibility model progressing from observation and engagement to delivery of the program themselves. Throughout the program there is also an emphasis on engaging the wider school community in physically active events. The Active School program has three variants dependent on setting and target audience: Early Childhood, Leadership and Mindful Movement programs.

A typical Bluearth session would incorporate some of Bluearth’s six elements of movement: Core movement, dynamic movement, skill activities, challenges and games, coordination and agility and movement in the environment. Sessions are usually flexible and seek to engage with the group in the best way possible; creating an environment where difficulties and successes are discussed and shared. Included are mindfulness aspects focused on breath and mindful movement and encourage participants to reflect on their experiences in a safe environment.

Tools for Teachers

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Evidence-based Brain Breaks in the Classroom.

This two, four or six hour workshop will empower you with basic principles, tools, and practice teaching experiences to integrate short 3-15 minute chair yoga breaks with children or teens. You will learn chair yoga tools to promote health, learning, and achievement.

Through interactive practice teaching and feedback activities, you will gain confidence in identifying challenging times during your child’s or teen’s day and successfully utilising yoga tools to shift them into a more positive state of mind. You will graduate from this workshop with the understanding and confidence to share chair yoga tools with the children or teens in your life.

Yogazeit Health and Wellbeing for Schools – Yoga and Mindfulness

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Unique health and wellbeing programs customised to your school’s needs and budget. Teacher Wellbeing, Student Mindful Movement (Yoga and Mindfulness), Professional Development Workshops and more. Yoga classes and mindfulness activities are facilitated by a Yoga Educator during school hours, as part of an after/before school program or included in OSH Care.

Our evidence based in-school yoga can be curriculum aligned and integrated as part of e.g. Health Education, Physical Education, Science, Geography/History and Literacy. Term programs can also address overall vision goals of schools, such as resilience, social emotional learning, community, academic performance/focus and more.

Each class includes: yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, stretching/strengthening, mindful movement, reflection, relaxation.

Professional Development Workshops

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Bluearth Foundation offers several professional development workshops. Workshops suit classroom teachers. educators and other professionals who work with children. Bluearth can provide workshops free of charge at your institution by way of hosting a workshop for the region or, a private workshop for the institution for a cost per workshop. Workshops currently offered are:
– Introduction to Bluearth workshop
– Six Elements workshop (core movement, dynamic movement, coordination and agility, challenges and games, skill activities and movement in the environment)
– Early Childhood workshop
– Leadership workshop

Helping Minds

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HelpingMinds supports children, young people, adults and families that are affected by mental illness. The no-cost education programs run in high schools aim to reduce stigma around mental illness, increase mental health knowledge and improve mental wellbeing and help-seeking behaviours in young people. Currently offered are 5 modules; ChangingMinds (Starting Conversations, Facing Challenges & Positive Choices), Social Media and Academic Resilience.

Animal Fun

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Animal Fun is an evidenced based program designed by physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists from Curtin University to improve physical activity and mental health in young children. Within an imaginary play scape, children imitate the movements and sounds of various animals, with each activity carefully designed to target key muscle groups, gross and fine motor skills, coordination and social skills development. Simple to use and implement into the everyday routines and rituals of the child. Fun and engaging for kids. Animal Fun also supports parental involvement with the Animal Fun@Home book. Imagine. Move. Improve.

Life Education Programs

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Life Education WA provide a range of age appropriate Curriculum outcome based programs from Kindergarten to Year 6. Click for more information for K and PP and for primary modules here. The sections marked in yellow refer to Mental Health outcomes. Life Education WA partner with both Government and Non Government Schools and provide education to around 30,000 primary students each year.

Kinjarling Djinda Ngardak Culinary Experience

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The Kinjarling Djinda Ngardak program offers Indigenous students from across WA the opportunity to attend a week-long culinary camp where they will receive training and mentorship from some of WA’s top chefs including Paul Iskov, Melissa Palinkas, Anna Gare, David Gilmour and Indigenous chef Reece Lardi, allowing students to develop their culinary skills using modern cooking techniques met with traditional and locally sourced ingredients.

Throughout the week students also participate in cultural activities with Menang Elders and Cultural Leaders, ranging from art classes to bush walks allowing the students to share stories, spend time on country, and identify and forage for local bush foods.

Child Safety Professional Learning and Resources

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WA Child Safety Services offers workshops by qualified and experienced trainers including:
• Child Protection & Mandatory Reporting
• Protective Behaviours
• Cyber Safety & Digital Wellness
• Healthy Relationships
WACSS stocks a comprehensive range of abuse prevention resources including Primary School curriculum, books, posters and games.

Abuse Prevention Programs for Students

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WA Child Safety Services offers sessions for primary and secondary students including protective behaviours, cyber safety, healthy relationships, and consent.

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