Promoting help-seeking, mental health and resilience in schools
What do we know?
Young people can be particularly vulnerable to mental health problems, self-harm or suicide. Schools are keen to support their students but often don’t know how to choose quality programs or integrate programs with other student wellbeing activities and referral pathways.
Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) is designed to raise awareness about suicidality and the factors that protect against it. It works by improving mental health literacy and explicitly teaching the skills necessary for coping with adverse life events and stress, so that young people get help before reaching crisis point. YAM has the strongest evidence-base of school programs reviewed including the best outcomes specific to suicidal behaviour, and the flexibility to be integrated into any school environment.
What is happening?
- Supporting the delivery of YAM to young people in year 9:
- Partnering with the NSW Department of Education to deliver in public schools and headspace and others to deliver into Independent and Catholic schools
- Providing Advanced Suicide Prevention Training (ASPT) to school psychologists
- Ensuring schools have up to date referral pathways so students at risk can be connected with appropriate professional care
Strategy Summary - Schools
This brochure provides community members with a summary of the evidence, what is happening and how you can get involved.
Research Summary - Schools
This document provides a detailed summary of the evidence covering why the strategy is included in LifeSpan, evidence supporting the interventions recommended by LifeSpan, and how this strategy will be evaluated as part of the LifeSpan NSW Research trial.Download the research summary